Stealing a Nation: A Film Screening and Discussion

When: Tuesday, November 9 at 7pm
Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library
2nd Floor West Lobby
901 G Street NW, Washington, DC

As part of Native American Heritage Month, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library presents a screening of the award-winning documentary Stealing a Nation by acclaimed investigative journalist John Pilger. The film tells the story of the expulsion of the Chagossian people from Diego Garcia and the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean. Between 1968 and 1973, the U.S. and British governments exiled the Chagossians from their homeland so that Diego Garcia could be turned into a major U.S. military base that has been used prominently in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The film will be followed by a discussion with American University professor David Vine, author of Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia, as well as members of the American University legal team representing the exiled Chagossians.

For more information about “Stealing a Nation: A Special Report by John Pilger,” see For more information about David Vine and Island of Shame, see

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is the central branch of the DC Public Library system. For driving directions and information about the library, please visit: Metered street parking and nearby parking garages are available. Handicapped parking is located in front of the library. If taking Metro, Gallery Place/Chinatown and Metro Center are the two closest stops. Questions: 202-727-1183;

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