Tuesday, September 8, 2009

History Channel-Tracing Che

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara de la Serna
represents one of the most enduring images
of a political leader. His legendary
character has been the inspiration for
millions of people over the last fifty years.
Lawrence Elman, a Canadian director, went in
search of the man behind the myth. He
embarked on the journey that gave Che his
name. A trip through South America on an old
Norton motorcycle. Che chronicled this trip
during a break from medical school in a book
called the Motorcycle Diaries. Lawrence
encounters Che's family and oldest friends
who shed light on this true icon of the 20th
century. From the cousin who tells of
Ernesto's chronic lack of hygiene to the
tragedy of being rejected by a woman who is
still believed to be his first love.

Ernesto became Che and changed the perceptions
of many. His love and friendship of Sartre
(who called Che the only whole man he had ever
met), his philosophical journals that began at
the age of 15; all helped to shape a man who
struggled with potentially fatal asthma all
his short life.



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