Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Chile 50 Years On: 'Chileans of the North'

09 October 2023, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

Chileans of North film poster

A screening of the film 'Chileans of the North', followed by a commentary and Q&A with Chris Paul. With discussants Drs Francesca Lessa (UCL) and Jasmine Gideon (Birkbeck).

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

All | UCL staff | UCL students






Institute of Advanced Studies


IAS Forum
G17, ground floor, South Wing
UCL, Gower Street, London
United Kingdom

On 11th September 1973 a violent coup in Chile overthrew the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende. What followed was nearly 17 years of repression in which the dictatorship of August Pinochet transformed the country. More than 2000 Chilean exiles came to the UK, aided by a network that included the Chile Solidarity Campaign, Trade Unions and the World University Service.

Chileans of the North explores the story of the refugees who made a new home in South Yorkshire. The participants share what happened at the time of the coup and its aftermath, what it was like to start a new life in the UK, and how activism and solidarity brought a community together. Told through first-hand stories, archive material and music, it’s a story that spans two continents and 50 years.

With discussants Drs Francesca Lessa (UCL) and Jasmine Gideon (Birkbeck). Part of the Chile 50 Years On events.

About the Speaker

Chris Paul

Teacher and community engagement manager

Chris Paul studied Latin American Studies at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, with a focus on politics, media and migration. He's a teacher and community engagement manager, and specialises in film and audio pieces on oral history and migration. He's written articles and produced multimedia work for the Migration Museum, Latin America Bureau, and Sounds & Colours.