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Crying like a baby: The Motorcycle Diaries...
It has been an emotional evening tonight. In my earlier blog of today I indicated that I just heard news tonight that my friend Neil passed away, something that is going through my head as we speak.
Before I heard these news I had actually been watching the movie Motorcycle Diaries which has just been released on DVD. I have been meaning to see this movie for a while now, obviously because it would show great footage of Latin America , because it is about a long road trip, a true adventure - something that a travel nut like me would obviously enjoy.
But as the movie moved on to portray significant scenes of Ernesto �Che� Guevara and Alberto Granado in the workers� selection at the mine, their visit to Macchu Picchu, their stay in the leper colony; you could really see the transformation of the characters. A transformation from a simple travelogue, coming-of-age story of two young men to their (and particularly Ernesto�s) spiritual and political awakening, planting the seed for his future philosophies and actions.
I admit I do not know much about Ernesto �Che� Guevara other than that he was a critical figure in the Cuban Revolution and in Latin American politics in general. Of course I now feel I am going to have to educate myself a little better to really get to know who this famous figure might have been.
What did move me in the movie though was the portrayal of people�s hardships, the workers, the indigenous people, the outcasts in the lepers colony and that Ernesto reached out to them. And I was touched by the actor Gabriel Garcia Bernal�s (of Y Tu Mama Tambien, Amores Perros and Bad Education fame) extremely skillful portrayal of a sensitive young man who is just experiencing a political and spiritual awakening. A man who obviously came from the privileged class in Buenos Aires, an aspiring doctor, who dedicated himself to the cause of global justice, who didn�t shy away from refusing gloves when touching and interacting with lepers, who gave away most of the little money he had on this long road trip to a poor peasant couple who had been thrown off their land.
I found the movie extremely emotional. To be honest, I ended up balling like a baby at the end of it, I was so moved. To me the movie perfectly personifies the human condition, all the good and all the bad that we are capable of as a human race.
In light of my upcoming trip to Cuba I�ll spend some time in the next little while to educate myself about Che Guevara. Given that his name has a very strong ideological connotation, I�ll try to investigate his persona from many different angles to give myself a more well-rounded picture of this fascinating individual.
Let the world change you�..
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