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  Simón Mesa Soto

  Colombia, Sweden, Qatar     95 minutes


Colombia, 1998. Single mother Amparo returns home after a night shift to discover her 18-year-old son Elias has gone missing. She soon learns he has been forcibly conscripted into the army and will be deployed to a dangerous warzone the very next day. In a race against time, Amparo takes to the streets to confront the corrupt, unforgiving military bureaucracy and secure her son’s safety at any cost. Scripted with incredible precision by filmmaker Soto and anchored by a magnetic performance from lead Sanda Melissa Torres, Amparo is a gripping, emotional tale of determination and love in the face of almost certain catastrophe.

 Spanish with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

In-Theater Screening

Wed, Oct 20 @ 8:30pm CDT

at AMC River East, Screen 4

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Virtual Screening

Available to stream Oct 14 @ 12:00pm CDT to Oct 24 @ 11:59pm CDT in the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin

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Special Event

Thurs, Oct 21 @ 4:00pm CDT

Livestream Q&A with director Simon Mesa Soto.

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Film Credits

  •   Simón Mesa Soto
  •   Ricardo Saraiva
  •   Marcela Gomez Montoya
  •   Juan Sarmiento G., adfc, bvk
  •   Sandra Melissa Torres - Amparo, Diego Alejandro Tobón - Elias, Luciana Gallego - Karen, John Jairo Montoya - Victor
  •   Ocultimo
  •   https://www.the-match-factory.com/catalogue/films/amparo.html