Stealing a Nation

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Stealing a Nation

Screenshot of title card
Directed by John Pilger
Christopher Martin
Sean Crotty
Produced by Christopher Martin
Polly Bide
Written by John Pilger
Starring John Pilger
James R. Schlesinger
Cassam Uteem
Bill Rammell
Mark Curtis
Louis Olivier Bancoult
Music by Nicholas Russell-Pavier
Cinematography Preston Clothier
Edited by Joe Frost
Running time
56 min
Language English

Stealing a Nation is a 2004 Granada Television documentary about the British–American clandestine operation that saw the expulsion of the native Chagossian population of Diego Garcia and neighbouring islands. More than 2,000 people were exiled to Mauritius between 1967 and 1973, so that Diego Garcia could become a United States airbase (see depopulation of Chagossians from the Chagos Archipelago). The film contains a series of interviews with native Chagossians, who have been deprived of their right of return and forced to live in abject poverty. Stealing a Nation was written and directed by John Pilger, and produced and directed by Christopher Martin; reconstruction footage was directed by Sean Crotty.[1][2]

Reception, awards and festival screenings

Stealing a Nation was awarded the 2004 Royal Television Society Award in the category "Single Documentary - General".[3]

The film was screened at the United Nations Association Film Festival in October 2005.[4]

It was given "The Chris Award" in the category "Social Issues" at the Columbus International Film & Video Festival in November 2005.[5]


  1. "Stealing a Nation". Bullfrog Films. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
  2. "Stealing a Nation". Retrieved 2015-03-30.
  3. "Programme Awards Winners 2004", Retrieved 30 March 2015.
  4. "8th United Nations Association Film Festival", Retrieved 9 May 2015.
  5. "The 53rd Annual Chris Awards Columbus International Film & Video Festival 2005", Retrieved 9 May 2015.
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