Thanks to all of you who have donated and shared the story over the last six weeks, we have secured our essential funding to turn NAE PASARAN into a big cinema feature film ! It's a huge achievement already and testament to the importance for many to have their history told on a large canvas. The success of this campaign is a fantastic push as we approach pitching the project to complete our full budget.
These £50,000 are by no means the end target to complete a documentary film of this scale. We will need a lot more to finish the film and release it, with our creative control intact. So, if you've just landed here, don't see it as a done deal. There are HOURS left to keep donating. You can get the short film, the official poster, tickets to the premiere, your name in the film, CDs, DVDS. I am confident you'll find something worth your time and money. You can still donate once the campaign finishes its run on our website www.naepasaran.com. You can also follow the progress of the film on Facebook and Twitter. See you there! Felipe
In our daily lives, how often do we avoid simple gestures because their impact seems, at first, so little, so futile?
It's 1974. Bob Fulton, a Scottish Rolls Royce worker, refuses to work on an aircraft engine. He has seen what it has been used for and wants nothing to do with it. He might lose his job, he panics at what his wife will say and he worries about not being able to provide for his two children, but he feels a responsibility.
By the end of the day, the entire factory workforce has joined his stand.
This engine, along with many others they’d helped build and maintain over the years, had powered the jet fighter bombers of the Chilean Air Force during their attack on the 11th September 1973 against the Presidential Palace in Santiago.
The Chilean coup easily toppled the established government led by President Salvador Allende. Within hours of the attack, Allende’s supporters and anyone against the coup were arrested, tortured, summarily executed, chased out of the country or forced to go into hiding. There was little hope of a quiet life for anyone vocal about Allende’s ideals or for those who preferred their democracies to come about peacefully.
Yet, one of the most efficient actions of solidarity took place in Scotland without a single shot being fired.
In solidarity against the coup, the Scottish workers managed to hold on, against the orders of their management, and pressure from the Chilean Air Force, the British press and Government. They leave the engines to rust in the uncertainties of the Scottish weather.
After four years, the engines mysteriously vanish.
The workers were told they are back in service in Chile. For decades, they lived with that false ending, growing to believe that their action was meaningless, had no humanitarian impact.
AH. SO IT’S ONE OF THOSE ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTARIES?
That’s our premise, our first fifteen minutes. We found the last surviving members and along with the filmmaker, who’d heard the story as a kid, they start looking for those engines and for answers. We've got twists, surprise witnesses and revelations. Everything within the film will be true. Most of it factually, some as a representation of the truth our protagonists have shaped for themselves over the years. Memory is a crucial element of our film. It’s the history of those forgotten by History. We are working with some of the most thorough journalists and researchers to keep the facts straight.
With animation to illustrate memories, archival footage to ground them in history and unique first-hand accounts of a watershed event of the Cold War, Nae Pasaran captures the universal experience of compassion, hope and the need to help each other.
THE COUP WAS A TRAGEDY. IS THIS ANOTHER SAD STORY?
We hoped for certain things. What has come out instead is completely unexpected and overwhelming and beautiful. This is a film about that too. We never expected our story to take us where it has. Yet here we are, and we want to share it with as many people as possible.
WHAT DO YOU NEED FROM ME?
Nae Pasaran is a first feature documentary combining creative storytelling techniques with a journalistic approach to history. It’s an ambitious project, never undertaken on this scale before. We have developed the film and we know we can complete it but we’ve gone as far as we can without any actual funding. We now need your help to get the ball rolling in a really significant way.
A successful campaign would help fund the following:
- We have many interviews to conduct that will flesh out our story. Many of these are from Chileans now scattered around the globe so we have lots of destinations to visit.
- We need to develop more animation to illustrate what we will discover in the interviews and to bring to life our Scottish character’s memories. We have 12 seconds ready at the moment but need lots more!
- We need to edit together sample footage of the film so that we can successfully raise the remainder of our budget.
Beyond the film, we are creating an online resource, collating all of our research so far on international solidarity. The workers’ story offers fascinating insight into civil disobedience, the role of trade unions and the power of empathy but theirs is just one story and we want to be able to share many more. We’ll be continuing to contribute to this throughout the entire process.
If international solidarity means anything to you, if you believe - like we do - that we are all connected trying to make a life for ourselves while treating each other like human beings before politics, class, language or borders muddle it up, this is a story for you.
It's been a long project to research and our characters and their story have been an incredible buoy throughout, a true barometer to keep us going in the right direction. This could be the best story we ever get to tell. It's that good, that rich and that relatable. If you can’t help financially, tell others about the "Scots who stopped Pinochet's engines". Tell them what we're doing and get them to this page.
If you were involved in any action of solidarity for Chile, you can add your voice to our world solidarity map. Go to our website (naepasaran.com) and add your story. We are sourcing as much material as we can for the film while creating our map of events from around the world that will last way beyond this movie. You will be properly credited for any material that you submit.
WHAT AM I GETTING?
- The Finished Film. You could be one of the first to see NAE PASARAN from the comfort of your own home (those are limited to an exclusive few before we distribute the film internationally so hurry) or you could watch it with us at one of the film premieres.
- The Short Film. You could get a special edition DVD of the short film. It has only screened at film festivals and will only be available during the campaign, along with Felipe’s previous short films.
- The Official Poster. We have two posters, designed by Glasgow artist Fergus Dunnet. You can get your own signed copy (or both!) during the campaign.
WHAT IF YOU DON'T REACH YOUR TARGET?
Back to the drawing board. We don’t receive a penny. It’s a big story, told on a large scale. We can't tell it right on our own. Help us bring this inspirational story to a global audience. We could all learn a thing or two from this simple act of compassion.
FELIPE BUSTOS SIERRA – DIRECTOR
Felipe Bustos Sierra is a Belgian/Chilean filmmaker based in Scotland where he founded Debasers Filums in 2010 and made three award-winning short films Tixeon, Three-Legged Horses, Five Six Seven Eight!. His fiction shorts were the first film projects to be successfully crowd-funded in Scotland. Felipe has been on panels at several festivals to talk about successful crowd-funding and attended the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Edinburgh International Film Festival Talent Lab in 2012.
NAE PASARAN is his debut feature film and a continuation of his short documentary of the same name. The short premiered at the Edinburgh International FF, Tribeca FF and DOK Leipzig. It was nominated for the Golden Dove Award at DOK LEIPZIG and won the Silver Mikeldi Award for Best Documentary at Zinebi FF.
REBECCA DAY – PRODUCER
Rebecca Day works for the Scottish Documentary Institute (SDI) as a producer and outreach coordinator. She produced her first short documentary, Peter in Radioland there in 2009, which went on to be nominated for 7 awards, winning Best Short Film at Edinburgh Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festival, and the Anthony Minghella Award for Best UK Short.
She has produced a number of shorts and recently a mid-length doc for STV. She is currently producing her first feature documentary, Nae Pasaran and is also in development on other projects. She is documentary programmer for Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Risks and challenges
WHAT'S AGAINST US?
- This is a first feature film, then?
Yes. And it's a big step, however, this is not 2009 anymore and this is no longer a one-man-band plan. There's an experienced international crew that has worked together and grown over the last four (short) films and other projects. We are co-producing the film with the fine folks at the Scottish Documentary Institute and once we're up and running, we're looking for international collaborators at the highest level for post-production. The short film has had a fantastic run on the international festival circuit (Tribeca, EIFF, Dok Leipzig, Zinebi and many more) and the film has already been selected by EURODOC, one of the leading documentary production workshops in Europe for development. We're not alone in wanting this story told, and told well.
- You can't make that film for £60,000, pal.
We do need a lot more to finish the film but this initial substantial financial support will allow us to get on our feet very quickly, gathering our main interviews, the core of our story, and allow our fantastic animation director, Frederic Plasman, to get started. Animation takes time, great animation takes time and the right equipment. At this early stage, a lot of time can be spent on getting started and raising funds. A successful Kickstarter will be crucial to help us secure interest from broadcasters, film funders and investors who will see it through to completion.
- We aim to finish by the summer of 2016 but at this stage, there can be no guarantees. As you may have gathered by now, this has become a passion project for our crew and there's an enthusiasm that goes well beyond "let's make a film!" that will push us through. However, you will be kept informed here and on our social media networks along the way.
We've estimated a date for your rewards and with any luck we will be able to meet that. What we can promise you though is that we WILL complete this film, the story WILL be told properly and we WILL make it the best it can be - none of which would be possible without you.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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