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.


Sandra Melissa Torres
Amparo - Poster 1


Simón Mesa Soto

  • Fiction
Production Country / Year
Colombia, Sweden, Germany, Qatar 2021
es. OF mit de. UT
DCP, Color, 96min
1.37:1, Discrete 5.1

Director & Crew

Simón Mesa Soto 1

Simón Mesa Soto

Born in 1986 in Medellín/Columbia. Studied Audiovisual Communication at Universidad de Antioquia. Graduated from the London Film School. Active as director.


2014 LEIDI, Kurzfilm

2016 MADRE, Kurzfilm

2021 AMPARO, Spielfilm HOF 2021

“AMPARO shows a human drama triggered by a very common situation in Colombia that illustrates the vulnerability of women in a society that has become used to war.

In the 90s and early 2000s, army trucks used to raid the neighborhoods of Colombian cities in search of young men without military IDs (a document issued after military service or a medical deferment that is mandatory for any legal procedure or employment), eager to draft them and send them into combat.

The story is based on my own experience, the moment in my adolescence when I became eligible for the draft. My mother visited a man to illegally change the result of my exams but could not afford his fee. I was scared, and in a moment of despair, I reproached her for the life she had given me and my brother and for her lack of the financial means to save me from having to go away. I still feel remorse for not having appreciated the efforts of a single but brave woman, responsible for two children, my own mother.

Director of Photography
Juan Sarmiento G
Ricardo Saraiva
Production Designer
Marcela Gomez Montoya
Costume Designer
Julian Grijalba
Casting Director
John Bedoya
Sound Designer
Carlos Arcila
Music Composer
Benedikt Schiefer
Juanita Santamaria
Simón Mesa Soto
Maxim Juretzka
Juan Sarmiento