Wednesday 1 May 2019
The Scots who defied Pinochet
Nae Pasaran is a feature documentary by award-winning director Felipe Bustos Sierra, about Scots who defied the Chilean military coup.
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 vital repairs to engines for Chilean Air Force Hawker Hunter planes - used during the brutal military coup in September 1973.
The boycott became a minor cause célèbre and endured for four years, until one night in 1978… the engines mysteriously disappeared.
The film-maker’s research led to their discovery and the film reunites these inspirational men to hear their story. For the very first time, it tells the story of the many Chileans who crossed paths with the engines.
In 2015, the Chilean ambassador bestowed the highest honour given to foreigners by the Government of Chile. In an unlikely twist of fate, the pensioners from East Kilbride became Commanders of the Republic of Chile.