Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Amparo

Year: 2021
Country: COLOMBIA, SWEDEN, QATAR
Language: Spanish
Run Time: 95 minutes

Amparo
Amparo
Amparo
Amparo

When Amparo arrives home to an empty house after a long shift, she worries what the streets of Medellín, Colombia have done with her children. She finds eight-year-old Karen still with the babysitter, but 18-year-old Elías, who never came to pick up his younger sister after school, is nowhere to be found. After speaking with the neighbors, Amparo learns Elías was taken by the Colombian army battalion and forced to enlist. With no job or degree, the military defines Elías as a “regular soldier,” an ideal recruit to fight on the frontlines in the most dangerous region of Caquetá. Terrified for her son’s life, Amparo seeks the help of an officer to delay Elías’ morning departure. But in a country where corruption can be the law of the land, everything comes at a price. AMPARO illustrates the rare grit and selfless determination found in mothers when their children’s lives are on the line. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

Connor Palace

Friday, April 01, 2022 at 12:10 PM

CIFF46 Streams On Demand

Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM

Streams Access: Regional: OH, PA, MI, IN
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Related Event
46th CIFF College Program

Sidebars
Latinx & Hispanic Cinema
Women of the World

Competition
International Narrative Competition

Director

Director
Simón Mesa Soto

Producers
Juan Sarmiento G., Simón Mesa Soto

Screenwriting
Simón Mesa Soto

Cinematography
Juan Sarmiento

Editing
Ricardo Saraiva

Principal Cast
Luciana Gallego, John Montoya, Diego Alejandro Tobûn, Sandra Melissa Torres

Film Contact

Community Partners

InterReligious Task Force on Central America

Ohio Colombian Foundation

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