CL/GB 2018, R: Felipe Bustos Sierra, 96 Min, OmeU

In einer schottischen Stadt im Jahre 1974 weigern sich Fabrikarbeiter, in einem Akt der Solidarität gegen den gewaltsamen Militärputsch in Chile, Reparaturen an Kampfflugzeugmotoren durchzuführen. Vier Jahre vergehen, bis die Motoren, die im Fabrikhof vor sich hin rosten, auf geheimnisvolle Weise mitten in der Nacht verschwinden. 40 Jahre nach ihrem Aufstand gegen Pinochet’s Diktatur entdecken die schottischen Arbeiter, welche Kraft ihre Aktion von damals hatte.

Trailer:

NAE PASARAN (2018) Official Trailer from Debasers Filums on Vimeo.

40 years after the defiant stand against Pinochet's dictatorship, Scottish factory workers discover the incredible impact of their action. Charting 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. 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... 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.

“This heartfelt documentary about Rolls-Royce workers in the 70s tells a poignant story about the power of unions” (theguardian.com)

“El documental de Felipe Bustos Sierra invita a reflexionar sobre el poder de la solidaridad. … En tiempos de nacionalismos exacerbados, un documental cuenta una historia a contracorriente. Es una narración sobre solidaridades ético-políticas que traspasan fronteras nacionales, culturales y lingüísticas, y que habla de personas que, fuera de Chile, asumieron un compromiso en pro de la democracia, los derechos humanos y la justicia social tras el golpe de Estado del 11 de septiembre de 1973.” (eldesconcierto.cl)

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