I AM VARILLA
A One Man’s Story about the Panama Canal
A Story Treatment for Original Film Script by Julian A. Rice
For centuries it was a dream by multiple world powers to create a canal waterway through the Columbian Province of Panama that would link the two largest oceans in the world! The “Scot’s” tried and failed! The French company led by Ferdinand DeLesseps tried and failed! Workers died by the thousands due to rampant plagues of cholera, yellow fever and malaria.
This is a period piece based on a love story – a French Patriot, P. Buono Varilla’s, love for his devoted wife, back-dropped by his love of country. It was his keen foresight that set the stage for history to undertake the one enormous task that would prove to be the most difficult - yet most rewarding for Panama, for the United States, and for the entire World.
This is a story that digs from the depths of history a long-forgotten miracle of how a small but clever band of Panamanian patriots in a quest for National Independence from Columbia won a victory against a, powerful Army.
In their favor was a persuasive French businessman named Varilla, who, trying to save both a personal and a national fortune for France, helped pull off this amazing feat. When Columbia is tipped off to the revolution being planned in their Panama Province, General Tobar is sent with 500 soldiers to kill the dissidents. The critical threat of impending slaughter of the Junta members and their families by the Columbian Army is a gripping period of high tension.
So - how did this tiny Central American Province of Columbia win its freedom and come to own the world’s most expensive waterway? Here is the story of love, dedication and courage about the people who made it happen – and how this tiny county accomplished history’s most difficult engineering feat – the Panama Canal.
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