Nae Pasaran

Nae Pasaran
  • 2018
  • 1h 34min
  • Directed by: Felipe Bustos Sierra
  • Written by: Felipe Bustos Sierra
  • Cast: Bob Fulton, Robert Somerville, John Keenan, Stuart Barrie

A documentary examining how, during the Pinochet regime in the 70s, Chilean Hawker Hunter aircraft arrived in East Kilbride to be repaired, and Rolls-Royce workers, in protest against the regime, put the engines in indefinite cold storage. It’s limited in scope but it celebrates how an unassuming group of men won a small but important moral victory.

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Felipe Bustos Sierra’s feature charts the incredible true story of the Scots who managed to ground half of Chile’s Air Force, from the other side of the world, in the longest single act of solidarity against Pinochet’s brutal dictatorship.

In 1974 a group of workers at the Rolls Royce factory in East Kilbride showed their support for the people of Chile by refusing to carry out the vital repairs of engines for Hawker Hunter planes, which had been used during the brutal military coup in September 1973. The boycott endured for four years but the Scottish workers never knew what impact they had; it was a matter of conscience and an act of solidarity. Bustos Sierra – himself the Scotland-based son of a Chilean exile – reunites inspirational figures Bob Fulton, Robert Somerville, Stuart Barrie and John Keenan to hear their story. With unprecedented access, Nae Pasaran also ventures much further to detail the horrors of the Pinochet years, meets survivors of the period and hears the Chilean side of the story.

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Nae Pasaran

4 Mar 20184 stars

GFF 2018: Rousing story of a group of Scottish workers who took a stance against Pinochet

'They Shall Not Pass' is used here specifically as a Scottish variation on La Pasionaria's anti-Franco declaration at the time of the Spanish Civil War. It's an ideal slogan for Felipe Bustos Sierra's rousing documentary – his feature debut and an…

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