BOGOTA, COLOMBIA (AP) - A judge has spurned a prominent Colombian’s attempt to prevent the release of a feature film about the odyssey of the child born to her while she was a rebel hostage.
She could not immediately be reached for comment and declined to discuss the case after a court hearing Wednesday.
Rojas conceived Emmanuel with a rebel she has not identified and his arm was injured during a difficult cesarean section in the jungle. In 2004, rebels took the boy, then age 7 months, from his mother and the two were not reunited until the FARC released her three years later.
The film focuses on Jose Crisanto Gomez, the poor farmer to whom rebels initially delivered the boy. Rojas objected to that, saying Gomez held her son “captive” for seven months before turning him over the Colombia’s child welfare agency.
The actor who plays Gomez in the film, Luis Tosar, won best-actor award for the performance last year at the Biarritz, France, film festival.
Officials doubted that claim, initially protecting Gomez then prosecuting him.
The government put him in a witness protection program in late 2007 after the FARC came to him demanding he return the baby. But in May 2008, four months after Rojas was freed, he was jailed on charges including kidnapping, rebellion and giving false testimony.
In April, he was freed, having never been tried, though the chief prosecutor’s office is appealing Gomez’s release.
Gomez, a father of seven who has been looking for work after losing his farm and saw his marriage fall apart, earned an undisclosed sum to serve as an adviser for the film, even while he was still in prison, said Castroman.
And last year, he spent three months in Europe at screenings of the film, including at the San Sebastian festival in Spain.
He said she wanted 1 percent of global receipts.
Associated Press Writer Cesar Garcia contributed to this report.
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