Travelling with Che Guevara
Italian filmmaker Gianni Mina delves in great detail into the revolutionary's legendary motorcycle trip through South America in 1952, in which his political sensibilities were honed.
In 1952 Ernesto Che Guevara, then a 23 years old medical student, wrote a diary of his travel in Latin America with his friend Alberto Granado, a 29 years old biologist. A six months journey full of adventures, girlfriends, life experiences, crossing Argentina, Chile, Peru, Columbia and Venezuela, first on an old "Norton 500" motorbike and then hitch-hiking. The two friends returned from their travels changed by their encounter with the misery and degradation of the Latin American people, in particular after having worked in a leper colony in Peru. In 2002 Walter Salles decided to bring this story to the cinema and directed “The Motorcycle Diary”. Gianni Minà, representing Guevara’s family and Alberto Granado, collaborated on the script and decided to direct “Traveling with Che Guevara”. He took the surviving member of the motorcycle trip, Alberto Granado, all through the shooting of the movie.
- Year: 2004
- Country: Italy
- Genre: Documentary
- Runtime: 110 min.
- Director: Gianni Mina
- Screenwriter: Gianni Mina
- Participants: Alberto Granada, Walter Salles, Gael Garcia Bernal, Rodrigo de la Serna, Gianni Mina, Zoraida Boluarte, Tito Pesce
- Cinematographer: Roberto Girometti