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Critic Reviews for Chevolution
Zippy enough, if a little meandering, and spends equal time on the man and the myth.
Film-makers Trisha Ziff and Luis Lopez ask how and why the wisdom of the crowd decided that this image should not merely be a badge of youth radicalism, but an icon of purity.
Revolution is always with us: this week's guerrilla documentary, watchable and well-researched, is Chevolution.
This intelligent documentary wonders how it happened, and how a hardline Marxist keen on political violence became a marketing tool and patron saint of every vaguely anti-establishment movement on the planet.
Audience Reviews for Chevolution
Interesting attempt to explore the phenomenon of Che Guevara from a different angle. Chevolution is trying to track the legendary revolutionary's life, right from the early stages to his meeting with Fidel Castro leading to his association with the Cuban revolution and his interactions with photographer Alberto Korda, whose photograph made Che an icon. It is said to be the most reproduced photo in the world! I have to say that I was a little bit disappointed. I was one of the lucky ones who visited the Che Mausoleum in Santa Clara in Cuba and his life was much richer than you could see from this documentary. Yes, there is interesting inquiry on how the revolutionary, who lived his life for social justice, was converted to an icon stamped on beer bottles, and there are few interviews of Che admirers like Sinn Fein, president Gerry Adams, and actor Antonio Banderas but there was no in depth study of who is Ernesto "Che" Guevara. The documentary was more interested what has the photo of him, taken at a funeral for victims of an explosion in Cuba's Havana Harbor, come to mean... My favourite part in the Chevolution was a statement of an American man wearing a T-shirt with Che's image: "Isn't he the guy who invented mojitos?" I'd like to say: this movie is made for people like that!
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