Some Glenn Beck follower was ranting to me the other day about how
‘evil’ Che Guevara was and how he had enslaved the people of Cuba.
In a very odd coincidence Beck himself had just devoted a large
amount of his daily wasted-airtime to that very subject, earlier in
the week. Yes, we know you just regurgitate what your leader tells
you- it’s not a secret. Anyways, I felt it just to interject a
little truth into a drop-out slanderer’s tale about a Doctor of
Medicine. That’s right, as I’m sure many of you don’t know Dr.
Ernesto “Che” Guevara was indeed a Medical Doctor and a citizen of
Argentina, not Cuba Glenn. In fact, Guevara spent little time in
Cuba once his work in the Revolution was over, and none of it was
spend oppressing or torturing citizens as Beck posed on his show.
Truthfully, the country Che is most commonly associated with plays
little importance in this story. Our Journey begins in Argentina and
takes us through the agrarian countryside of 1950’s South America
via motorcycle. The guide is a wide-eyed young Ernesto Guevara on a
break from Medial School, long before the world knew the iconic name
At first Ernesto and his friend Alberto set out to enjoy a euphoric
motorcycle trip through the beautiful mountains and coasts of Chile
and continuing up through Venezuela. They begin as typically naïve,
privileged youth, in search of nothing but a good time, but they are
quickly taken aback by the heinous poverty which plagued the
countryside of Latin America. For Guevara it was a first glimpse at
the evil which separates humans into grossly disproportionate
classes- one getting richer while the other inevitably gets poorer.
The road trip turns into a Mecca as the men visit Machu Picchu and
Ernesto contemplates the basis of society and revolution. The acting
in this movie is paramount. You can literally see the spark begin to
glimmer in young Che’s eyes as Alberto says, “A revolution without
guns? That will never work.” Soon after this, the two decide to
forgo the rest of their hedonistic voyage and spend the last three
weeks of their time volunteering in a Leper colony in San Pablo.
However, I don’t want to give away too much about this film because
it’s an amazing watch, which I want everyone to enjoy for
themselves. Suffice it to say the young medical student’s compassion
exceeds every doctor’s in the colony and culminates in truly
inspiring fashion. Most impressively, this film serves as an
in-depth look into the heart and mind of one of the World’s most
infamous individuals- as it is closely based on the book Guevara
wrote from his own diaries detailing the pilgrimage. Essentially, we
see the story of Dr. Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s life unfold in front of
us. He evolves from the privileged young doctor (Elitist) to the
savior of an enslaved nation (Revolutionary). We see for the first
time what made Che turn his back on a dream life in Argentina, in
exchange for a life of poverty in the jungles of Cuba. The
compassion Guevara shows in this film echoed on the battlefields in
the Cuban Revolution- where documented CIA reports would show Che
often gave medical attention to wounded enemies. That’s right Glenn
Beck, the man you claim tortured enemies in war actually dressed
enemies wounds and gave them water from his own canteen. But I
He was only made an honorary citizen of Cuban birth after his death,
as a tribute.
I can assure you of this fact. I wrote at least five papers during
my undergrad years on Dr. Guevara. If I am not a trustworthy enough
source, please investigate his life and work on your own by
or picking up any number of
That’s right Che selflessly cared for Lepers. Even shaking bare
hands with them (something no Doctor even does). Where do you get
off talking shit about this man Glenn Beck?
The film itself won a number of notable awards and though it is
subtitled, it is well worth whatever addition mental exertion it
puts on you. But as with all subtitled films, make sure to watch it
in the proper setting.
There is a famous Civil War statue which depicts a Union soldier
giving a Confederate a drink from his canteen as well. This is known
in America as a heroic act. Funny how doing the same thing in Cuba
makes you a war criminal…
For that matter, the book is by the same name and is even better
than the film. However, I know it’s asking quite a bit more to read
an entire book than a film...