A New Campaign Demands the Return of Easter Island Statue

Easter Island. Easter Island. Wikimedia Commons

A group of Chilean filmmakers have launched a campaign demanding that the British Museum return a statue they say was stolen from Easter Island. The sacred sculpture was removed from the remote island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean a century ago. The campaign will be chronicled in a new documentary produced by Paula Rossetti and directed by Leo Pakarati, who are urging the Chilean government to make a formal demand for the statue’s return. Easter Island is home to hundreds of monolithic statues that are believed to have been sculpted around the thirteenth century.

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