Rough Diamonds is the first fiction series to delve so deeply behind the scenes of the Antwerp diamond world. The production was granted permission to film in the actual -heavily guarded- diamond district and on the real diamond bourse. The story also offers a glimpse into the typically closed culture of the approximately 10,000 Chassidic Jews in Antwerp, and for that, intensive collaboration was conducted with the people from that community after years of research.
Rough Diamonds is a co-production of De Mensen and Keshet International for Netflix and Eén (VRT). With the support of Screen Flanders, the Creative Europe – Media program of the European Union, and the Tax Shelter measure of the Federal Government. With the collaboration of the City of Antwerp and thanks to the support of the Antwerp Film Bonus, and with the much-appreciated support of AWDC (the Antwerp World Diamond Centre) and the Antwerp Diamond Bourse.