Nae Pasaran

Nae Paseran Film Still


February 06, 2020
6:00 PM /
Keynote by Yaqiu Wang, China Researcher at Human Rights Watch, Hosted by Simone Weimans, news anchor at NOS Journaal and presenter at NOS Met het Oog op Morgen, Q&A with filmmaker Felipe Bustos Sierra
QA Session with the Filmmaker

1974. In solidarity against the brutal Chilean coup six months earlier, Scottish factory workers know where they stand. They refuse to repair aircraft engines from the Chilean Air Force. Through sheer persistence, they keep the engines in Scotland for four years, until they mysteriously vanish one night. Forty years later, the tremendous impact of their gesture, long believed to be meaningless, is finally revealed.


Felipe Bustos Sierra
Country of Production: 
Scotland Chile
Filmmaker Bio(s): 

Felipe is an award-winning Belgian/Chilean filmmaker based in Scotland.  His father was a Chilean journalist exiled to Belgium.  It’s at solidarity events in Brussels that, as a kid, Felipe first heard of the story of the Scottish boycott.

Through Debasers Filums, which he founded in Edinburgh in 2010, he’s directed and produced three short films, including Three-Legged Horses, based on his experiences as a rickshaw driver in Edinburgh.  The 2012 short fiction film was the first successfully crowdfunded film project in Scotland.  The film went on to screen at over 100 international film festivals, on five continents, winning four awards.

His first short documentary, Nae Pasaran (2013), was commissioned through the Scottish Documentary Institute’s Bridging the Gap scheme and premiered at EIFF, DOK Leipzig and Tribeca.  Felipe is an alumni of the Berlinale Talent Campus, Eurodoc, the Independent Filmmaker Programme and the EIFF Talent Lab.  Nae Pasaran (2018), his first feature, was the Closing Gala of the Glasgow Film Festival 2018, premiering to rave reviews.  It comes out in the UK in November 2018.

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