¡Nae Pasaran!

¡Nae Pasaran!

Felipe Bustos Sierra (2018)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Mention 11 September to Chileans and they will think back to 1973 rather than that infamous date in 2001, as this was the day that General Augusto Pinochet overthrew the country's democratically elected president, Salvador Allende. In order to reinforce his grip on power, Pinochet ordered the aerial bombardment of strategic targets across Santiago. The planes used had been built by Hawker Hunter. So, when their engines were sent to the Rolls Royce plant in East Kilbride for servicing, the 3000-strong workforce refused to touch them as a gesture of solidarity with their Chilean comrades. As the son of an exiled journalist, director Felipe Bustos Sierra has a personal stake in the actions of these Scottish workers and his admiration for John Keenan, Bob Fulton, Stuart Barrie and Robert Somerville is unstinting. He also interviews several opponents of the Pinochet regime and their reaction to the archive footage is humbling in the extreme. The documentary itself is rather prosaic, but its story is inspirational.


Documentary exploring a protest organised by Scottish factory workers in the 1970s against General Pinochet's regime in Chile. News footage of jets they had worked on being used by Pinochet's forces inspired the engineers of Rolls-Royce East Kilbride to refuse to work on the aircraft for four years. In this programme, they look back on the political impact of their protest.

Cast & Crew

Bob Fulton Bob Fulton
John Keenan John Keenan (2)
Robert Somerville Robert Somerville
Director Felipe Bustos Sierra

Other Information

Language: English, Spanish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Cosmic Cat FilmReleased on: 2 Nov 2018