GFF18 Closes with World Premiere of Nae Pasaran

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GFF18 officially closed on Sunday 4 March with a Gala screening of Nae Pasaran, the feature documentary debut from director Felipe Bustos Sierra. The film delves into the refusal of Rolls-Royce factory workers in East Kilbride to work on Hawker Hunter plane engines being used by the Chilean military junta against the people in 1974. Forty years later, the film reunites the inspirational figures behind this strike, Bob Fulton, Robert Sommerville, John Keenan and Stuart Barrie to hear their story and to discover the impact the Scottish workers had on the people at the heart of this conflict in Chile. GFF18 was honoured to be joined by both the film’s director as well as Fulton, Sommerville, Keenan and Barrie, who embarked on the screening surrounded by friends, colleagues, family and supporters.

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Before the screening kicked off, festival co-directors Allison Gardner and Allan Hunter took to the stage to close the festival. Both gave warm thanks to the staff behind GFF18 and their hard work in the face of immensely difficult conditions brought about by the Beast from the East, and to the wonderful GFF18 audience for bringing a spirit of camaraderie and care for one another through such unprecedented circumstances, ensuring the spirit of the festival never wavered.

Introducing Sierra to the stage, Hunter stated

“We were all incredibly touched by this film. It tells a great story but it’s also so timely in the way that it shows how individual acts of conscience can make a difference in the world and that individual people can change the world as well. It has been a labor of love for the director. It’s fantastic full in the cinema tonight for this world premiere.”

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Sierra himself followed on from this by saying:

“It’s absolutely fantastic to see so many familiar faces here. It’s been, as Allan said, a labor of love for me and many others for the last five years. It’s more fantastic to see so many strange faces, who’ve turned up in this weather to see it. When we started we never expected we’d get such a spotlight for a documentary, for a Scottish documentary, for this story... So thank you very much and I hope you enjoy it.”

The Glaswegian spirit was strong at the film’s close, with a lengthy standing ovation for the documentary’s subjects in attendance and Sierra taking to the stage once more to thank the audience for their heartfelt reception. All in all, Nae Pasaran proved to be the perfect closing note for GFF18 and we’re honoured to have screened it as our Closing Gala film for this year’s festival. 

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The screening was followed by the festival's Closing Party at The Old Fruitmarket, with a performance from Voces del Sur and DJ set from DJ Dema. Audiences were treated to drinks from Rekorderlig, Staropramen and Blue Moon.

Red Carpet Photography: Eoin Carey 
Gala and Closing Party Photography: Pete Copeland

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