by Simón Mesa Soto
After a long night’s shift, Amparo, a single mother of two, returns home to find her children are not there. She soon finds out that her son has been drafted during an army raid and will be sent to the front in a notorious war zone near the border. His fate seems sealed. With only a single day left until his departure, Amparo manages to contact a man who offers to alter Elias' files and get him out. With nothing much on her side, she embarks on a race against time to free her son in a society ruled by corruption.
Born in Medellin in 1986, Simón Mesa Soto studied Audiovisual Communication at the Universidad de Antioquia. In 2014, he finished the MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School. His graduation film, LEIDI, won the short film Palme d’Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and the Gold Hugo at the 2015 Chicago International Film Festival, among many other prizes. His next short film, MADRE, was nominated for the Palm d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016 and went on winning many awards worldwide. AMPARO (2021) is his first feature film.