This debut feature is based on the remarkable true story of two survivors of a massacre on the Arauca River in the late 1980s. As the two terrified men take refuge in their local police cell, a growing number of brave voices line up to defend them against the menacing weight of the army and the government. The great performances and beautiful location make it a pleasure to watch this shocking story of institutional corruption. As the director notes, El Amparo is not only a Venezuelan or Latin-American drama, it represents all the unsolved cases we don’t even hear about: it represents all people who have been somehow erased, silenced, then ignored by power.
UK Premiere/ El Amparo
Directed by Rober Calzadilla