“Loving made her free” During those years in which, through blood and fire, America reaches its independence from Spain, an epic love story is developed between Policarpa Salavarrieta and Alejo Sabaraín, two youngsters whose fate insists on putting on opposite sides. She is a beautiful and proud mestiza. He is an educated young man that belongs to the high society. They love each other passionately…but their love cannot be: Alejo is Spanish and La Pola is a patriot. Only when the New Granada is completely free from Spain they might be able to fulfill the dream of being together… This is how July 20, of 1810 finds La Pola, as one of the most enthusiastic defenders of the revolution while Alejo is active as a loyal subject of His Majesty. Then, during the first Republic, La Pola becomes a part of Antonio Nariño’s central army, while Alejo joins Camilo Torres’ federal army. Two armies that come from the same homeland but due to those absurdities of war, decided to terminate each other through lead and bayonet. Yes. La Pola and Alejo are always on opposite sides, but this isn’t a reason for them to stop loving each other for a single second. Not even in the moment when the King of Spain, after being held prisoner during many years by Napoleon’s command, returned to his throne and sent a powerful army to America to reclaim his lands. It is then when the challenge really becomes life or death: Alejo is now part of the army in charge of the reconquest while La Pola becomes the leader of the patriotic revolution against the Crown. This is the story of La Pola’s life, a tale set in the times of love and hate, which recounts the incredible situations that shaped the heroes and heroines that changed the course of history and allowed them to attain liberty.
A CO-PRODUCTION OF RCN AND ALBANY PRODUCTIONS, INC
HISTORY AND SCRIPTS: JUAN CARLOS PEREZ FLORES
GENERAL DIRECTOR: SERGIO CABRERA
SECOND UNIT DIRECTION: OLGA LUCIA RODRIGUEZ
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: NELLY ORDÓÑEZ
SCRIPTS AND RESEARCH ASSISTANT: AURA NIÑO NAVIA
JR. EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: MYRIAM GOMEZ AND GERMÁN ARAQUE
ART DIRECTOR: ROSARIO LOZANO AND SOFIA MORALES
DESIGN AND MANAGEMENT OF PHOTOGRAPHY: JOVANNY PUERTAS
COSTUME DESIGN: ROSITA CABAL AND ALEJANDRA MORILLO
MAKEUP DESIGN: BLANCA JARAMILLO
EDITION: DIEGO NARCISO
ORIGINAL MUSIC: HERMANN ARRIETA
PRODUCTION MANAGERS: CÉSAR RINCÓN AND CAROLINA VERA
HISTORICAL ADVISOR: FABIO ZAMBRANO
LITERARY CONSULTANT: LUIS COLMENARES
ASSISTANT DIRECTORS: STELLA G. MORALES, JAVIER ARISTIZÁBAL AND DERBY ARBOLEDA
DURATION: 98 x 60”
The beautiful Catarina is snob, spoiled and lazy, but above everything she is a racist, she hates blacks. Very different from her sister La Pola, she follows the rules of her time; she accepts a loveless marriage with an older man and being a faithful servant to her husband for the dream of being treated like a “Madam”. In her parents’ absence, she must take care of her siblings but she has neither the calling nor the disposition to do so. La Pola sees in Catarina everything she doesn’t want to be. Life teaches her a lesson which makes her deeply question herself as love reaches her through the senses and the passion personified in the person she hates the most, a black slave. This makes her feel like a terrible sinner.
A national hero of our independence, he was the first President of Cundinamarca. He belonged to the only noble family in Santafe, Viscount of Pastrana and bother of the Marquis of San Jorge. Jorge Tadeo was handsome, a Don Juan, charming and intelligent, but he was also immature, spoiled, amorous and an adventurous and vindictive lover! He really falls in love with Magdalena but that love is not enough to sacrifice everything for her. He believes that, because of his wealth and his titles, the world belongs to him. He accomplishes everything he sets his mind to. Jorge Tadeo enjoys defying the establishment and his dream is to one day become the King of New Granada.
The Precursor of the Independence, it was him who led the way. He is an intellectual for the passion of it and a military man out of necessity. He is the general of the patriot armies, the commander of the South Campaign and the Vice President of the Great Colombia. He is an honest, very capable and noble man like no other. He is a transparent character, with no hidden agenda, brave to the point of insanity, hardened by suffering and very intelligent. He spent many years in jail and understanding his tragedy, we may comprehend the reasons why he thought it was worthwhile losing his life over the struggle against the Spanish hegemony. Although his parents where Spanish his fight for freedom was honest, always faithful to his principles and his friends. If it had not been for everything that was made to him, maybe Nariño would have been another criollo but the world was in his head, he was a visionary. He is so intelligent and with such an open mind that he is capable of accepting as his own the two daughters of his worst enemy and also capable of forgiving his wife. He was maybe the only one who truly understood why Magdalena did what she did.
La Pola’s boyfriend is ethical, noble, a gentleman and has been educated to do the right thing. Alejo has his monarchical touch for being of Spanish descent and religion and race differences are deeply rooted within him. He knows that getting involved with a mestiza is condemned because they are the fruit of sin. Alejo is engaged to Maria Ignacia Valencia, a woman of his social status and he is conscious of the commitment acquired with her. For him, she represents the right thing and his future; the problem is that with her he doesn’t feel anything!! On the other hand, La Pola drives him crazy because she attacks his senses, her skin, her smell make him irrational. When he is away from her, Alejo is able to regain control of himself and realize his “mistakes”. He becomes a military man without much conviction, he hates war, he believes it to be nonsense, although out of love for La Pola he will fight in the patriot army. After saving her life in Cuchilla del Tambo, he gladly returns to the royal army but seeing the executions in Santafe humanized him again. There, he understands La Pola was always right.
She is very human, full of mistakes and contradictions; she doesn’t remain silent in front of anyone, a quality which sometimes turns into a defect. Her impertinence makes her a fun character, especially because she can’t be quiet and everytime she opens her mouth someone is bound to suffer. She perfectly understands the meaning of “the value of liberty” and equality, she has seen it in her friends, the blacks, who are treated like animals without soul. She has lived it in her own flesh when they have made her “do the right thing” against her feelings and convictions. Women of the time were taught that being a woman was finding a husband, obeying him and making a home. La Pola, on the contrary, follows her instincts searching for what will make her feel alive. Being very young she is already a “spy” who travels and fights with the rebels and is considered an untamed beast, with a suggestive additional ingredient: she is beautiful. They say that whoever lays eyes on her is captivated, no matter the side to which he belongs. She wasn’t born a heroine; the circumstances turned her into the leader of the patriots which were seeking the independence from the Spanish crown and the liberty to live.