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Olivier Magis | 2019 | 82 MINS
Between 1968 and 1974 Britain removed the entire Creole population of the Chagos Archipelago. This clandestine operation took place in order that the largest island, Diego Garcia, could be leased to the US Navy for a military base.

In Detail

Olivier Magis’s understated documentary focuses on the efforts by the exiles’ descendants to affect a return to their Indian Ocean idyll – a campaign led from Crawley, home to some 3000 second-generation Chagossians, by a charismatic and indomitable NHS worker, Sabrina Jean, whose father was one of those treated so cynically half a century ago.

She strives to keep the flame of hope alive in her community with one single goal: to return home. But as the elders die out and memory fades, time is running out.

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