Nae Pasaran

In a Scottish town in 1974, factory workers refuse to carry out repairs on warplane engines in an act of solidarity against the violent military coup in Chile.

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Year: 2018

Director: Felipe Bustos Sierra

Producer: Felipe Bustos Sierra

Co-Producer: Herta Mladinic

Executive Producer: Ewan Angus, Leslie Finlay, Sonja Henrici, Rafael Valdeavellano

Writing Credits: Felipe Bustos Sierra

Principal Cast: Bob Fulton, Stuart Barrie, John Keenan, Robert Somerville


Nae Pasaran 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.

The film began life in 2013 as a Bridging the Gap short, you can watch the short here.