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Film directed by UCL Americas alumnus Nick MacWilliam premieres on January 14

5 January 2021

'Santiago Rising' is the new documentary by Nick MacWilliam (88 minutes, Alborada Films) | Release date: 14 January 2021

Santiago Rising

'Santiago Rising' takes place on the streets of Chile’s capital city in late 2019 as massive protests over economic inequality engulf the country.

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 charts the build-up to the historic vote, in October 2020, that saw Chileans vote for a new constitution to replace the one imposed during the brutal Pinochet dictatorship.

'Santiago Rising' emphasises the prominent role of music and art in political dissent. We also see the state’s attempts to crush the protest movement through a violent police crackdown. Although the odds are stacked against them, Chileans find strength in unity as they fight to overcome Pinochet’s enduring legacy.

For more information, including screening links and interviews, contact info@santiagorisingfilm.com You can also follow ''Santiago Rising' on Facebook and Twitter.

Santiago Rising (directed by Nick MacWilliam, 88 mins, Alborada Films, 2021) will see its online international launch on Thursday 14 January 6.30pm-9pm GMT

Event times: 6.30-9pm London / 3.30-6pm Santiago / 1.30-4pm New York / 10.30am-1pm Los Angeles

Nick MacWilliam completed his MSc in Latin American Politics at UCL Institute of the Americas in 2017, and is currently a journalist, film director and co-editor of the magazine Alborada.

Alborada Films


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MSc in Latin American Politics at UCL Institute of the Americas


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