Florida Premiere

DIRECTED BY Rober Calzadilla

Country: Colombia, Venezuela
Language: Spanish
Subtitles: English

Running Time: 99min
Film Year: 2016
Category: HBO Ibero American Competition

In October 1988, 14 men were murdered by the Venezuelan military in El Amparo, a village near the Arauca River. The victims were fishermen, but the military claimed they were guerilla fighters. This painful atrocity and its tumultuous aftermath are the subject of Rober Calzadilla’s haunting first feature.

Based on a play by Calzadilla and scriptwriter Karin Valecillos, El Amparo invests much time in its characters, their relationships and way of life, while, in a masterstroke of directorial judiciousness, the massacre itself is elided, its horrors left to our imagination. This is a profound meditation on how communities contend with outrage and grief, and the troubling question of who gets to control historical truth.

EL AMPARO screens with SPARK.


The March 9th screening of El Amparo will follow with a conversation by film director Rober Calzadilla and José Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch’s Americas division. The conversation will be moderated by Emmy and Goya nominated filmmaker and TV producer, Stan Jakubowicz.


Thursday March 9th @ 6:45pm CORAL GABLES ART CINEMA Add to Schedule

Saturday March 11th @ 5:00pm MDC’S TOWER THEATER (THEATER 2) Add to Schedule


Director: Rober Calzadilla
Producer: Nella Ilas, Rubén Sierra Salles
Screenwriter: Karin Valecillos
Executive Producer: Tumbarrancho Films, Películas Prescindibles, Caja Negra

Cinematographer: Michell Rivas
Editor: Gustavo Rondón Córdova, Mariana Rodriguez

Cast: Vicente Quintero, Giovanny García, Vicente Peña, Rossana Hernández

Rober Calzadilla

Rober Calzadilla is an actor, screenwriter and director. He trained at the Juana Sujo School of Performing Arts and the Central University of Venezuela School of the Arts. His directorial credits include the mid-length El país de abril (13) and El Amparo (16), his feature debut.