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Film: Santiago Rising

crowd cheering in Santiago
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Santiago Rising by journalist Nick MacWilliam is a brilliant documentary film that explains the socioeconomic origins of Chile's ongoing leftist political transformation. Dislodging and then dismantling 50-year-old oppressive socioeconomic structures despite violent state subjugation is inconceivable in this neoliberal age. The Chilean people have accomplished this monumental feat and showed the world how it's done.


Santiago Rising takes place on the streets of Chile's capital city Santiago in late 2019, as large public protests over economic inequality engulf the country. The film charts the build-up to the historic vote, in October 2020, that saw Chileans choose a new people's constitution to replace the one imposed during the brutal US-backed Pinochet dictatorship. It examines how a movement that began as a high school students' protest over transport fares evolved into one of the most significant events in the country's history.

Filmed during the weeks after protests began, Santiago Rising meets social movements, protesters, and ordinary people in their struggle for equality and human rights. The film emphasizes the creative element of Chilean protest, as music and art play a prominent role in expressing political dissent. The documentary also features how the government attempted to crush the protest movement through state violence. Although the odds are stacked against them, Chileans find strength in unity as they aim to overcome Pinochet's enduring legacy.

The screening will take place at Gross Hall 103 on Wednesday, April 13 from 6-7.30 PM. Pizza and drinks will be provided from 5.45 PM onwards.

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