Stealing a Nation

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For the Radio 4 album, see Stealing of a Nation.
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 written and directed by John Pilger, produced and directed by Christopher Martin and with reconstruction footage directed by Sean Crotty. The documentary is about the expulsion of Chagossians from the Chagos Archipelago, chiefly from Diego Garcia Island. More than 2,000 people were, in secrecy and in breach of the United Nations Charter, forcibly removed by the British government between 1967 and 1973 to Mauritius, 1,000 miles away, so that the island could be used as an American and British airbase.[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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