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President Santos agreed with Gamboa in a Dec. 29 tweet. “We should not begin to censor any expression of art, as a film can be.”

Gomez, 44, is a small, stocky man who denies any association with the FARC, saying they were simply “the authority” in the area, where he grew coca, the basis for cocaine.

He has had a tough time since taking his family away from his farm in San Jose de Guaviare after rebels came looking for him to try to get back Emmanuel, who had wound up in a foster family until the state finally tracked him down.

Gomez’s wife left him, though he continues to live with her father, the medicine man, and his seven children in Duitama, a peaceful dairy town north of Bogota known for its cheese.

But the film has been a boon for Gomez.

Its producers paid him an undisclosed sum to serve as an adviser, even while he was still in prison, said one of them, Farruco Castroman of Spain’s Zirco Zine.

And last year, he spent three months in Europe at screenings of the film, including at the San Sebastian festival in Spain.

Castroman said the filmmakers tried to negotiate with Rojas and offered her 1 percent of box offices receipts in Colombia. He said she wanted 1 percent of global receipts.

Shortly after the film was released in Europe last year, the legal action began.

Gomez, meanwhile, is looking for a job, and promoting the film to whomever will listen.

“You understand it’s not a documentary, he said. “It’s a film with lots of nuance, that provokes thought.”


Associated Press Writer Cesar Garcia contributed to this report from Bogota.