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Colombian judge allows screening of film involving hostage's son

COLOMBIA FILM | 31 de enero de 2013

File photo of Clara Rojas, a politician and attorney who spent six years as a hostage of FARC guerrillas. A Colombian judge on Thursday struck down a request for an injunction from Rojas, ruling that a feature film inspired by the story of a peasant who cared for the son she bore in captivity may be screened at theaters in the Andean nation. EFE/File

Bogota, Jan 31 (EFE).- A Colombian judge on Thursday struck down a request for an injunction from a politician and attorney who spent six years as a hostage of FARC guerrillas, ruling that a feature film inspired by the story of a peasant who cared for the son Clara Rojas bore in captivity may be screened at theaters in the Andean nation.

Judge Raquel Aya was unconvinced by Rojas' argument that "Operacion E" (Operation E), which has already been released in Spain and France, violates her child's rights.

The Spanish-French co-production tells the story of Jose Crisanto Gomez.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrillas entrusted Crisanto with the care of Emmanuel, whom Rojas - kidnapped in February 2002 along with Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt - bore in the jungle in 2004 to a rebel father.

The peasant and his family took the seriously ill boy in 2005 to a hospital, where the government - unaware of the child's true identity - took custody of him.

Crisanto, subsequently harassed by rebels who wanted to recover the boy and use him as a bargaining chip and by Colombian authorities who accused him of kidnapping, ended up spending four years in prison before he was eventually released without charges.

The film's producers - Tormenta Films, ZircoZine and AJOZ - maintain that the film does not violate Emmanuel's rights because the plot centers on Crisanto's story.

But Rojas, Betancourt's former campaign manager, said in a written response to questions from Efe that her son's name is mentioned "more than 60 times approximately" throughout the film.

Rojas was freed by the rebels in January 2008, while Betancourt was among a group of 15 captives rescued by Colombian security forces in July of that year.

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