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“Blood for Pearls”; the genocide of the sixteenth century…triggered by the third voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1498, and the discovery of the world’s richest pearl oyster beds also known as “The Pearl Coast”.

The feature action and adventure film "Blood for Pearls" deals with the lives of the people immediately affected by the arrival of the Europeans, the Spaniards, the local natives, and the slaves from Africa and their intertwined relationships.

More than eleven tons of pearls were extracted in less than 15 years, bringing a huge economic uprising for Europe and in the process over one million natives and blacks were killed. “The life of those divers was no life at all, disfigured by their labor, looked like a different race of men or monsters. There is no hellish and hopeless life on this earth that may be compared with it.” (by Bartolomé de Las Casas)

Charaima, the son of the Cacique (Chief) who loses his childish innocence and watches in horror how his parents are enslaved and killed, Dembe who arrives on an African slave ship and tries desperately to help with the survival of his people and Pedro, who was part of Columbus’ crew and stayed on the island as a cruel and drunk boat supervisor.

The central plot is the collecting and hiding of pearls in a buried clay jar by Charaima in survival mode and later Dembe. After the film ends, in a documentary Postscript Reel, the actual buried clay jar filled with pearls is unearthed in the 1950is.

  • Peter Von Perle
  • Peter Von Perle
  • Project Type:
    Feature, Other
  • Genres:
    Action, Adventure, historic
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • South Florida International Film Awards
    South Florida
    October 31, 2022
    Best trailer
  • Los Angeles Film Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    November 22, 2022
  • American Golden Picture International Film Festival
    Jacksonville FL
    United States
    November 9, 2022
  • 8 & Half Film Festival
    November 23, 2022
    Official Selection 2022
  • Oniros Film Awards
    New York
    United States
    Quarter Finalist
Director Biography - Peter Von Perle

In 2011 Peter came across a nice lady with a bag that appeared to contain hundreds of natural pearls. Upon being asked, the elderly told him a story about 500-year-old pearls, Christopher Columbus, an archaeological expedition and more. As there was no evidence to substantiate that story, Peter embarked on a mission to investigate and research factual data.. After many years of research and traveling around the globe and gathering historic and scientific evidence, GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® awarded “The Columbus Pearls” with the world record for “The Largest Collection of Pearls Discovered” in NYC on June 21st, 2021.
The action-packed feature film “Blood for Pearls” is entirely based on true events.

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Director Statement

Passionate and obsessed about the history of American pearls in the sixteenth century. It is fascinating to understand that the trigger that changed the history of the world after Columbus' arrival in 1498 was the discovery of rich pearl beds and how those discoveries led to glorious successes and complete destruction, intertwining the lives of Conquistadores, Natives and African slaves. This compelling story focuses on the point of view from those, whose voice was lost hundreds of years ago...the millions of Natives and African slaves who were slaughtered in the process of enriching Europe.