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Nothing Lasts Forever

Directed by Jason Kohn
87 minutes
All Ages
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Diamonds are forever? Jason Kohn’s film reveals the irrevocably changing industry following the introduction of synthetic – but indistinguishable – diamonds. Berlinale 2022.
Diamonds are extremely rare and extremely valuable, right? A forged-by-nature symbol of fidelity and eternal love, yes? Think again. Kohn’s eye-opening film (10 years in the making) takes us inside a global business veering into turmoil, described by one commentator as “an illusion so spectacular it turned into the truth. ”The development of synthetic diamonds is rapidly making it impossible to distinguish from the real thing. With Kohn’s access to key players from the diamond trading establishment including the monolithic DeBeers company, and disrupters whose synthetic gems have shaken the market to its core, the film gets to the heart of the matter. How and why have diamonds come to represent romantic love, who said they’re forever and who gets to apply the price tag?
Completely melts the story that has been told and retold about the value of the engagement ring.
Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com
The film’s standout source is jewelry designer and author Aja Raden, who radiates charisma with dramatic turns of phrase and a highly attuned bullshit meter.
Jude Dry, IndieWire
Semiotics lessons don’t get much more sparkling and entertaining than Jason Kohn’s new documentary Nothing Lasts Forever.
Dan Feinberg, The Hollywood Reporter


Thu 9 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 5
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Wed 15 Jun
Palace Norton Street
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Sun 19 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
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Program Strand
International Documentaries
All Ages
In English and Gujarati with English subtitles
Jason Kohn
Jason Kohn, Amanda Branson Gill, Jared Goldman
Heloisa Passos
Jack Price, Paul Marchand
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Politics & Economics
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Madman Entertainment
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