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 forcibly exiled to Mauritius between 1967 and 1975 in breach of the United Nations Charter, 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 and awards[edit]

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


  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.

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