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.

2021: Amparo
2016: Madre (Short)
2014: Leidi (Short)


Sandra Melissa Torres - Amparo
Diego Alejandro Tobón - Elias
Luciana Gallego - Karen
John Jairo Montoya - Victor


Written and directed by: Simón Mesa Soto,
Cinematography: Juan Sarmiento G., adfc, bvk
Producers: Juan Sarmiento G., Simón Mesa Soto
Co-Producers: David Herdies, Martin Heisler, Michael Krotkiewski
Executive Producers: Manuel Ruiz Montealegre, Hector Ulloque Franco
Editor: Ricardo Saraiva
Art Director: Marcela Gomez Montoya
Composer: Benedikt Schiefer
Set Sound: Carlos Ardila
Sound Design: Ted Krotkiewski

Technical Data

Original title: AMPARO
International title: AMPARO
Duration: 95 min.
Aspect Ratio: 1,37:1
Format: 2K
Sound: 5.1
Year: 2021
Original language: Spanish
Countries of production: Colombia Sweden Qatar
Production Companies: Ocultimo
Co-production Companies: Momento Film, Flare Film
With the support of: Cine Crea Colombia, Swedish Film Institute, Doha Film Institute, Magin Comunicaciones, Goethe Institut Colombia

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