Tracing Che

(2002)
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52 min
NR
Documentary
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 Ches family and oldest friends who shed light on this true icon of the 20th century. From the cousin who tells of Ernestos 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
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