Homeland or Death

Che Part 1 chronicles the beginning of Ernesto “Che” Guevara’s revolutionary journey. The beginning of the movie points out that of the 82, only 12 survived to see victory. One interesting point of view is that the strength of and army is multiplying size by spirit. There were a few similarities between this older Che and the one we saw last week. His character still showed compassion, insisting that the fallen soldiers be buried, and teaching one of his soldiers to read and write. He still struggled with asthma as well. Near the end of the film after the first victory he was reluctant to celebrate saying “We only won the war, the Revolution begins now”.

Guevara want to “escape from the trappings of married life” when he first started his journey according to the first article. If that is true, we can thank Mrs. Guevara for everything that happened, right? Also this article helps prove that media is definitely biased and filled with propaganda. Often time audiences blindly believe whatever they are told because the source is a “trusted one”. The dangers of this can lead to pretty serious consequences. Guevara had room to move about and be free in Mexico, lots options to move about according to Eric Zolov. For most Mexico appeared more playful and easy; a vacation from reality, but for Che it was here that he grew in his understanding of the injustice that his country was facing. This article then continues the tale of Che where part 1 ends, talking about their troubles with the police and eventually an arrest, foreshadowing his death.

The second article spoke about, among other things, how the US was beginning to make a name for itself in Revolution. The third article explored many aspects of guerilla warfare, most notably how it can start, and the constants that must be in place for it to be successful. It is important to take these into consideration to see the hard work that goes into establishing this alternative fighting method; it is never just a lucky mistake. The stages of guerilla warfare are also discussed; in the end it always leads to the conquering of cities and the total destruction of the adversary when successful.

The documents on Guevara’s death shared many government files that were important mainly during 1967. What can be gathered from these was the US was pretty confused about Che’s status, where he was and if he was alive or dead. The various documents said things like Che Guevara is alive, important details regarding the United States and Che, and another paper stating (falsely) that he was dead and there were no survivors.

In conclusion, Che Part 1 had its fair share of falsehoods, but it did provide unique insight into the blooming revolutionist’s life.