BAFTA Scotland-winning film Nae Pasaran, which had its world premiere at the Closing Gala of Glasgow Film Festival 2018, has arrived in UK cinemas to tell the compelling story of how Scottish factory workers helped make a stand against General Pinochet’s military coup in Chile.
Nae Pasaran tells the incredible story of how Scottish factory workers defied Chile General Pinochet by taking a stand against his use of force during the military coup of 1973. The BAFTA Scotland-award winning film, directed with painstaking detail by Felipe Bustos Sierra, features the now-pension-age workers recalling their efforts to disrupt Pinochet’s Air Force.
Released in the UK on November 2, Sierra’s feature documentary is an emotional account of the impact of these men’s actions in 1974 when, at Rolls Royce East Kilbride in Scotland, the workforce banded together to refuse to repair and return jet engines marked for Pinochet’s Air Force.
Citing the 11 September 1973 air raid on Santiago, the factory workers left the jet engines in the factory yard to rot in protest to the Chilean coup that saw Salvador Allende’s democratically-elected left wing government, the first in Latin America, overthrown.
Bob Fulton, an engine inspector and WWII vet, is one of the men featured. He, along with his colleagues, put their jobs on the line to boycott any work on the Chilean engines. After four years of leaving the engines to rot, they disappeared leaving the factory workers to believe their efforts were in vain. Sierra’s film, whose subject was the focus of Costa-Gavras’ Missing, also tells, for the first time, the story of how the engines crossed many Chileans’ paths.
The director, who also produced the film, said he was delighted that six years of research and work would now be seen by a wide audience. The film’s depiction of “solidarity, compassion and persistence” remain relevant, he says, as the reaction and word-of-mouth following screenings has shown.
Nae Pasaran is in UK cinemas now.