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Excerpt from Sambalanga
by James Cage
Sambalanga is 97 pages
Logline:  A young man is trained as a sniper by a powerful operative known as "The Bear".

The screenplay Sambalanga is based on the first two short stories in the novella Back From The Bardo.  Although Back From The Bardo is a work
of fiction, the stories are researched and based in fact.  The Sambalanga Ranch in Guatemala predates the current so called "hit-man" training camps in Guatemala by thirty years.  The screenplay includes an incident that occurred during the communist revolution in Angola, Africa in the 1970's.  The play also describes the emergence of the Mexican drug cartels in the 1970's.  Sambalanga was an official finalist in the screenplay competition at the 2010 Mexico International Film Festival.

SAMBALANGA

                                                                                                                                                                                            FADE IN:

EXT. GATES - SAMBALANGA RANCH, GUATEMALA - DAY
TITLE CARD: SAMBALANGA RANCH, GUATEMALA - SEPTEMBER 1971

DREAM SEQUENCE: The tranquil, dreamy Guatemalan countryside has beautiful rolling hills with banana and coffee fields.
The SIGN above the gates of the ranch says: BIENVENIDOS A SAMBALANGA.


MOVING

Two jeeps, one following the other, slowly drive through the gates of the Sambalanga Ranch onto an exterior road.
There are two men in each jeep. The jeeps pick up speed.

INT. - SECOND JEEP
CLOSER
A large man with thick, dark, wavy hair drives the jeep.  This big man is known as    THE BEAR.

In the passenger seat is a young man, average height and weight with short cut brown hair. He is called JAIME.
Jaime is twenty-two years old.  He turns his head and peers at the SAMBALANGA sign.

                                                                                                                                                                                                CUT TO.
INT. HOTEL ROOM  - HOTEL QUATTRO FONTANI - EARLY MORNING
TITLE CARD: JULY 4, 1980 - ROME, ITALY  - NINE YEARS LATER

VARIOUS ANGLES

There is a desk in front of a large window with slightly opened wooden shutters. 
There is a small radio, pen and stationary on the desk.

INSERT

On the desk the Hotel Card Flyer says in large letters: HOTEL QUATTRO FONTANI - ROMA, ITALIA.

There are twin beds in the room, Jaime now 31 years old tosses and turns uncomfortably in bed. He wears boxer briefs. His body is lean and muscular. NICK, Jaime's first cousin, is awake in the other bed.  Nick is twenty-four years old. Nick is fair skinned, slight build, has light brown hair and is very handsome. He looks over at Jaime

                                                                                                     JAIME
                                                                                                     Aaah!

Jaime wakes up. He rubs his face, looks around the room and composes himself.

                                                                                                    NICK
                                                                    Are you OK, cousin?  You were having one of your nightmares.

                                                                                                    JAIME
                                                                                            I'm alright Nick.