Che Movie

December 8th, 2008 | by Sqotty |

Reuters is carrying a piece about a new movie on Che that was screened in Cuba. It purports to be an accurate portrayal of the murderer of thousands of Cubans, including kids as young as 15 years of age who were executed under Che’s orders.

The question is, is it really an accurate portrayal of Che, including his brutal acts of murder, or is it merely a propaganda piece meant to bolster Castro’s communist regime?

From Reuters:

“It’s great. It really reflects the life of Che and his fight in Bolivia and how he was assassinated,” said Eugenio Martinez, a retiree at one screening. “It’s satisfying to see that his fight was not in vain.”

First things first: Che was NOT assassinated. He was executed for his criminal acts of leading an insurgency in Bolivia. There is a big difference, and it is important that this distinction not be lost. Che was famous for telling his captors that he was more valuable to them alive than dead. This is a response to the film, not something in the film itself that I am aware of.

Second: this showing was in Cuba. Of course the Cuban news media, which is controlled by the communist government, is going to say only good things about this film. It is also clear that, since it is being shown in Cuba, it will display Castro and Che in a positive light and not reveal the truth about the murderous rampage that the “revolution” brought to Cuba. It is also clear that anyone seeing the film in Cuba are not going to say “ah gee, man, like, what about all of the kids Che executed?” Reason: good way to end up in a very small, dark prison cell run by unpleasant people.

Now, I will admit, I don’t know much about this film. I’ve watched the trailers available on the Internet. At least one of which depicts a scene of Che’s address to the U.N. where he said that Cuba is executing people. I will also say this: The film looks to be very well made, at least based on the trails. The accuracy is questionable as it relies only on people that were amongst his allies on confidents, not those who opposed him or had their children murdered by him, or the many thousands of refugees that fled the brutality that Che and Castro subjected on the people of Cuba when Batista was overthrown. This makes it a very one-sided depiction of Che’s story.

Based on the trailer, it looks like it may be a good film from an entertainment perspective. Just don’t count on it being an accurate and fair depiction of the mass-murdering thug.

It is interesting to note that Circles Robinson of the Havana Times online has this to say:

My seven-year-old grandson calls Che his brother, and has wept over the fact he was killed. “Why did the good guy die so young,” he has asked me? Axel, like most Cuban grade school children, says he “wants to be like Che,” considered an icon of altruism, revolutionary commitment and perseverance, values instilled in the Cuban educational system.

Che a “good guy”? Cuban children being brainwashed into wanting to be like a mass-murdering thug? Will Soderbergh’s movie help perpetuate this “ideal”?


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