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Please note - This is the event that was on Sat 15th Jan 2022

Santiago Rising

+ Talk and Q&A with the director

Directed by Nick MacWilliam / 89 mins, / 2021 / No Certificate

Sat 5 March 2022 // 14:30 (SOLD OUT)

Tickets: £6 (full) / £4 (concession)


Two years on from the immense protests which rocked Chile – captured in intimate closeup in Santiago Rising – the election in December of 35-year-old Gabriel Boric, a former student activist, to the Chilean presidency is the latest step in the country’s remarkable recent journey.

Facing a pro-Pinochet candidate who opposed women’s and LGBT rights, and who planned to intensify the brutal repression against protesters, Boric stood on a platform of political inclusion, environmental protection and social investment, a far cry from previous governments that catered for elite interests at the expense of the Chilean people.

Boric also supports the historic rewriting of the Chilean constitution, scrapping the current Pinochet-drafted version, which came after the protests rocked the foundations of the existing system. The new constitution, due to be written later this year, and Boric’s victory are direct products of the Social Explosion.

Santiago Rising shows how the Chilean people reimagined the world they wanted to inhabit – today, that world is beginning to take shape.

With the screening taking place just days before Boric enters office on 11 March, this is the ideal time to examine the mass movement which propelled him there and to discuss what comes next. 


Grab a seat for this on-the-ground and dynamic feature documentary that details, in thrilling images and interviews, the massive protests in Chile in 2019 that lead to Chileans voting to replace Pinochet's constitution with one drawn up from representatives of the people. Historic. A-must-see film about direct and diverse action for social justice, equity. greater participation and against neoliberal, totalitarian and unjust systems of power.

After the film will be Q&A with director Nick MacWilliam + Matthew Brown (Author and Professor of Latin American History at Bristol Uni) + others tbc.

Please Note: 2 screenings 2.30pm and 7.30pm.

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE - This film and talk was on Saturday 15th January 2022 at 2.30 and 7.30pm  and has been moved to Saturday 5th March at 2.30 and 7.30 .
All tickets remain valid.
Refunds by request. Please be in contact with Cube via cubeadmin@cubecinema.com

This Chilean uprising has been barely reported in the UK but it is a vitally important piece of modern history concerning a grassroots mass movement that is having serious and inspirational consequences in Chile and elsewhere.

Keeping the pressure on and demanding “Everybody Must Go” is brutal and energy sapping work but thats what been happening in Chile. The protests over economic inequality engulfing Chile have their roots in historic political events and an elite that were crushing and degrading the people. It became too much. Filmed during the weeks after demonstrations began, Santiago Rising meets social movements, protesters and people from all different backgrounds in their struggle for equality and human rights.

Santiago Rising also 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 solidarity as they grapple to overcome a state and colonial mindset intent keeping the people down. Despite the heavy dread times we live in this film captures some forms of resistance and common sense that keep rising up. The film and director are here as a way to witness and question and share what's been going on.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrFXeUYmGQ0

About the director

Nick MacWilliam is a British filmmaker and journalist who lived in Chile between 2010 and 2014. He has written extensively on Latin American politics and culture for various media, including Jacobin, In These Times, Counterpunch, NACLA, Red Pepper and more. He is co-editor of Alborada, an independent media platform focused on Latin America.


By capturing the diversity, the improvisation and creativity of this people’s revolution, MacWilliam has created an invaluable historical document” - Grace Livingstone (Red Pepper)

On the one hand, we see the joy, colour, diversity, and energy of a people who feel that they have finally awakened from a long slumber and are making their way to a hopeful future. On the other, we see savage state terror, and the tragic results in the form of death and mutilation.” - Diego Catalán (In Defence of Marxism)