Felipe Bustos Sierra
Scotland 2018 96 Mins
With unprecedented access and research, NAE PASARAN reveals for the first time the incredible impact made by Scottish factory workers, 40 years ago, against one of the most repressive dictatorships of the 20th century. 40 years after their defiant stand in protest against Pinochet’s Air Force in Chile, Scottish pensioners discover the dramatic consequences of their solidarity.
1974, Scotland. Bob Fulton, a Rolls-Royce engine inspector, returns to his section, upset and anxious. He’s just told his colleagues that a Chilean Air Force jet engine has arrived in the factory for maintenance and he’s refusing to let it go through, in protest against the recent military coup of General Pinochet.
He’s seen the images of people packed into football stadiums and the Chilean Air Force jets bombing Santiago, and now one of the engines from those very same planes is right there, waiting for inspection. He can see his supervisors approaching, he knows he’s about to be fired, yet he feels a responsibility…
About the Director:
Felipe Bustos Sierra is an award-winning Belgian/Chilean filmmaker based in Scotland. His father was a Chilean journalist exiled to Belgium. Attending solidarity events in Brussels as a child, Felipe first heard of the story of the Scottish boycott. Through Debasers Films, which he founded in Edinburgh in 2010, he’s directed and produced three short films, including Three-Legged Horses, based on his experiences as a rickshaw driver in Edinburgh. The 2012 short fiction film was the first successfully crowdfunded film project in Scotland. The film went on to screen at over 100 international film festivals, on five continents, winning four awards.