‘Stealing a Nation: Theft of the Chagos Islands’ (2014)

The quintessential story of naked empire in the 21st century.


Our weekly documentary film curated by the editorial team at 21WIRE.

This film was written and directed by filmmaker John Pilger, and it chronicles the initial legal battle by the expelled residents of the Chagos Islands Archipelago, chiefly from the island of Diego Garcia, who forcibly removed by the British government between 1967 and 1973 to Mauritius, 1,000 miles away, so that their home could be transformed into an American and British air and military base. This is one of the most extraordinary stories of our time.

Run time: 56 min
Written & Directed by John Pilger
Producers: Christopher Martin & Sean Crotty
Released by Granada Television (2004)