Diego Garcia
by Aikaterini Gegisian

interior of disused concrete building with staircase


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Diego Garcia is an artists' documentary, which looks at the deportation of the inhabitants of the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean (now the site of one of the biggest American military bases in the world) by the British Government to Mauritius.

The film juxtaposes text extracts from the Chagossian's High Court testimonies – which collective portray the islands as a paradise lost – with a camera that continuously wanders in the Mauritian landscape.  These testimonies become the starting point for looking at Mauritius and the Indian Ocean as a complex set of relation and act as catalysts in unravelling the hidden traces of history inscribed in spaces.

The film takes on the form of a journey where landscape becomes the central character. Blending different narrative voices, such as the collective voice of the testimonies, the observational eye of the artist with ambient voices and sounds, the film comments on shifting geographies, on the myth of paradise and on the ways we inhabit a globalised world.

Made with the support of Chagos Refugee Group

Olivier Bancoult, Lisete Talate, Rita David. With thanks to: Krishna Luchoomun, S.S Eddy Turday, Laura Jeffery, Vincatassin Allen, Sarika Seshadri, Hengride Permal, Ann Steward, Eric Herring, Ella Bissett Mark MacEwan, Lucy Badrocke, Maria Tsantsanoglou, Syrago Tsiara, Picture This, Yuli Karatsiki, Arsen and Roupen Kalfayan, Christina Petrinou.




Year 2010
Duration 16 minutes
Medium Digital Video
Original format DVCAM
Screening format DigiBeta / DVD
Aspect ratio 16:9
Audio Yes
Colour / B&W Colour
Screens 1


Produced through Picture This’ Small Wonders scheme and funded by Arts Council England, Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Center and PARTage Residencies, Mauritius.

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Screening History:

30 June 2010
Part of Film Programme 3
Guest Projects, London

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