Another Paradise, dir. Olivier Magis, Belgium / France 2019, 82 min., Creole, French & English with English subtitles
Oliver Magis’s important documentary spotlights the plight of the Chagossian people, exiled from their islands in the Indian Ocean by the UK government – and their fight to reclaim their heritage and their home. Fifty years ago, the British authorities expelled the Creole population of the Chagos Archipelago so the US government could build one of its largest overseas military bases on Diego Garcia, the archipelago’s largest island. Chagossian exiles continue to try and recover their homeland – led, in the UK, by the charismatic Sabrina Jean. Through unrelenting activism, including the community’s participation in the CONIFA World Football Cup for stateless peoples, Jean strives to keep the flame of hope alive. But as the elders disappear and memory fades, time is running out.
is screening alongside Unforgotten Islands
, another film documenting the Chagossians’ plight, to mark the release of Natasha Soobramanien and Luke Williams’ new experimental novel Diego Garcia
The screening will be followed by a conversation between Natasha Soobramanien, Luke Williams and activist Sabrina Jean, hosted by author Gurnaik Johal.