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In collaboration with the Chile Solidarity Network, London Young Labour, Bordando Por La Memoria, and Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants…

The incredible true story of the workers who defied Pinochet…

Join The People’s Film Club for the incredible true story of the Scots who managed to ground Pinochet’s Air Force, from the other side of the world, in the longest single act of solidarity against the brutal dictatorship. We will be hosting a post-film Q&A with the Scottish trade unionists and the formerly detained Chilean activists whose radical actions led to this remarkable story.

From 7pm we will be exhibiting wonderful artwork by Bordando Por La Memoria, a collective of first and second generation exiles from the Chilean community and their supporters. They are embroidering the names of over 3,000 men, women and children disappeared and politically executed during the Chilean civic military dictatorship between 1973-1989.

Their collaborative textile pieces highlight the need for justice and the necessity to keep alive a part of history that in Chile today is being systematically eradicated. There will be food, drinks, community stalls, artwork, and music, so make sure to come down and say hello!

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Read a review of Nae Pasaran published on Alborada here.


As always, all proceeds from this screening will be donated to grassroots organisations. We will be supporting three brilliant Chilean collectives. We will be fundraising for AFDD, which is the organisation formed by the families of the disappeared, who are still demanding justice for themselves and their families. We will also be fundraising for Bordando Por La Memoria, whose artwork will be on display. Their crucial works seeks to highlight the need for justice and to keep alive a part of history that in Chile today is being undermined. Finally, we will be donating some of the proceeds to an Arpillera maker in Chile, called Maria Alicia Salinas Farfan. She facilitates workshops in Valparaiso and San Antonio, and works without funding to ensure Chilean history is not forgotten. We are excited to support these three brilliant groups.


More about the story…

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.

The film-maker Felipe 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.

(Scottish Documentary Institute)