Activist Livia Firth Documents ‘The Diamonds of Botswana’

Brecken Branstrator

One well-known sustainability champion recently visited the diamond communities in Botswana and documented her journey.

Livia Firth is the co-founder and creative director of sustainability and communications consultancy Eco-Age.

She also is the founder of the Green Carpet Challenge, which puts sustainability front and center at red carpet events worldwide.

It was launched in 2010, when Firth, who was previously married to actor Colin Firth, first wore sustainable gowns, meaning dresses made from materials like post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.

Previously, Firth worked with film director Andrew Morgan on the documentary “The True Cost” in 2015, which explores fashion’s impact on people and the planet.

The Hollywood Reporter called it one of the top fashion documentaries of the decade.

Now, Firth and Morgan have paired up again to launch “The Diamonds of Botswana” as part of Fashionscapes, a series of short-form documentaries.

Diamonds” follows Firth in Botswana as she learns about the positive impact the diamond industry has had on the country.

It includes interviews with stakeholders at all levels, like Botswana’s president, Mokgweetsi Masisi; Naseem Lahri, managing director at Lucara Botswana and the first female managing director of the Karowe diamond mine; and Chandapiwa Monamati, who operates a truck at De Beers’ Orapa mine.

The documentary also highlights several projects done in collaboration with diamond mining companies that aim to improve the livelihoods of people in the local communities, including a community garden and a school offering high-quality education.

Here in Botswana I’ve seen a picture of what can happen when business operates in partnership with government and civil society, making long-term investments in collaboration with local communities and ensure that the benefits are truly shared with those on the ground,” Firth says at the end of the film.

I came here to look at a single supply chain. But as my visit ends, I wonder if Botswana represents something even bigger—a new vision for doing business—and if so, it is certainly something that should be protected with vigilance and integrity.

Morgan, the director of the film, had this to say about it: “After traveling the world to document the very darkest corners of global supply chains, it is a true joy now to partner again with my dear friend Livia as weturn our cameras towards a story of hope and possibility.

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Source National Jeweler 

Photos © Eco-Age “The Diamonds of Botswana”.