Motorcycle Diaries (Diarios de motocicleta), 2004

1 September 2006

I missed catching this film when it screened during the film festival, and I was a little weary – sometimes true stories don’t translate so well into convincing feature films. But I really enjoyed this one, aside from the absolutely breath-taking scenery and gentle music, it was a fairly believable re-creation of the road trip a young Ernesto Guevara de la Serna and his good friend Alberto Granado took in the early 1950s.

The more I think about this film, the more I appreciate it and the story it has to tell, as if there is a window in your life when you can be profoundly affected by injustices and moved into action. I found it inspiring, and considering the impact Che Guevara had on the South American people – not to mention the rest of the world – it reminded me that maybe one person can make some kind of a difference.

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