I can’t remember the first time I ever heard of Che Guevara, but I remember that the first time I felt really interested in him was during my senior year of high school, when my Spanish class took a trip to the International Center of Photography in Manhattan. We were going to see an exhibit about the Spanish Civil War, but I ended up wandering around and finding myself in a small room lined with photos of the execution of Ernesto “Che” Guevara. I read the story of how he had been executed by Bolivian forces aided by the CIA, and of how he had bravely faced death. I saw the image of his lifeless body – preserved with formaldehyde (so that no one would doubt that he was really dead) – and I was thoroughly moved. Then, a couple of other students walked in, and one of them asked me who was this Che Guevara person? I tried to explain that he had been a leader of the Cuban revolution. But is he a good guy, or a bad guy? the student persisted. I said that it depends on your beliefs. Just then, the other student interjected, He was a communist. The first student immediately said, Oh, communism is bad, and lost interest.
So close to being done. Two more films, and then a final analysis.
El Che: Investigating a Legend
The Lost City