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Nae Pasaran

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An emotionally-charged triumph, Nae Pasaran (translating as “They Shall Not Pass”) tells the story of four Scottish factory workers who took a stand against one of the most repressive dictatorships of the 20th Century: General Pinochet’s Air Force in Chile.

1974 in East Kilbride, Scotland. Bob Fulton, a Rolls-Royce engine inspector, returns to his section, upset and anxious. He’s just told his colleagues about a Chilean Air Force jet engine, which has arrived in the factory for maintenance. He’s seen the images of people packed into football stadiums, and the Chilean Air Force jets bombing Santiago. Bob refuses to work on the engine; by the end of the day, all Chilean engines are stuck on the assembly lines. The workers held on for four years until, one night, the engines mysteriously vanished…

Now, 40 years on from their defiant stand in protest, pensioners, Bob, Robert, Stuart and John discover the dramatic consequences of their protest in this painstakingly-documented account of courage, friendship and solidarity.

A truly inspiring tale, Nae Pasaran juxtaposes the stories of the factory workers with a complex, and oft-alarming, exploration of Pinochet’s regime of brutality in Chile.


BBFC Advice: Contains brief images of dead bodies, references to torture.


Event Information

Running Time: 1hr 36mins

BBFC Advice: 12A

Director(s): Felipe Bustos Sierra

Country of Origin: UK

Year of release:

Language(s): In English and Spanish with English subtitles

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