Glasgow Film Festival 2018 – Closing Gala: Felipe Bustos Sierra’s Nae Pasaran


Closing Gala Announced for Glasgow Film Festival 2018

Festival will close with World Premiere of the true story of the Scots who defied Pinochet

Felipe Bustos Sierra’s Nae Pasaran will have its gala screening Sunday 4 March, 2018 at Glasgow Film Theatre

Glasgow Film Festival 2018 will close in resounding fashion on 4 March with the World Premiere of the eagerly-awaited new Scottish documentary Nae Pasaran.

Felipe Bustos Sierra’s feature 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.
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Nae Pasaran is produced by Debasers Films and funded through grants from Creative Scotland (UK) and Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y los Artes – Fondo Audiovisual 2017 (Audiovisual Fond from the National Council for Culture and the Arts Chile), BBC Scotland (UK), the UK Film Tax Relief and nearly one thousand backers on Kickstarter.

Tickets for the Closing Gala will go on sale at 12 noon on Monday 22 January from

The full programme for Glasgow Film Festival 2018 will be announced on Wednesday 24 January. The festival will open on 21 February with the UK Premiere of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs.

Allison Gardner, Festival Co-director said:

“We can’t think of a more fitting end to the 2018 festival than the World Premiere of an uplifting true story featuring some real local heroes who made an impact across the world. We’re delighted to be able to welcome the inspirational stars of Nae Pasaran onto the Glasgow Film Festival red carpet in what promises to be a memorable finale”.

Felipe Bustos Sierra, Nae Pasaran director said:

“I’m delighted that Nae Pasaran will have its World Premiere in Glasgow, the birthplace of our protagonists and one of the most active cities for Chilean Solidarity in its day, and it’s truly a great privilege to be the closing film of the Glasgow Film Festival. It has taken a village to make this film and I cannot wait for everyone who’s been involved and supported Nae Pasaran over the last five years to finally share it with the GFF audiences.”

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