Two Chilean short films that capture the heat of the current political events in the capital city of Santiago” (Colectivo Registro Callejero, 4:44 minutes, October-November 2019)

Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020            1:00-3:15pm                Celebration Cinema

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Genre: Documentary, Animation, History


Felipe Bustos Sierra /Chile/2018/96 min

English and Spanish (with English Subtitles)

With unprecedented access and research, Nae Pasaran reveals for the first time the incredible impact made by Scottish factory workers 40 years ago against one of the most repressive dictatorships of the 20th century. 40 years after their defiant stand in protest against Pinochet’s Air Force in Chile, Scottish pensioners discover the dramatic consequences of their solidarity. 1974, Scotland. Bob Fulton, a Rolls-Royce engine inspector, returns to his section, upset and anxious. He’s just told his colleagues that a Chilean Air Force jet engine has arrived in the factory for maintenance and he’s refusing to let it go through, in protest against the recent military coup of General Pinochet. He’s seen the images of people packed into football stadiums and the Chilean Air Force jets bombing Santiago, and now one of the engines from those very same planes is right there, waiting for inspection. He can see his supervisors approaching, he knows he’s about to be fired, yet he feels a responsibility…


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.

A pair of Chilean short films (Colectivo Registro Callejero/Chile/2019/5 min) that capture the heat of the current political events in the capital city of Santiago will precede this screening. It will be followed by a discussion led by Laura Romero (Ph.D. Candidate in Hispanic Cultural Studies).