The True Story of Che Guevara

The True Story of Che Guevara

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The True Story of Che GuevaraFrom his famous motorcycle trips to his historic role in the Cuban Revolution, Argentinean revolutionary Che Guevara is profiled in a documentary produced to explore the life of the man whose visage has become an iconic symbol of hard left politics.

This man, who ordered the execution of countless human beings while in charge of the notorious La Cabaña prison in Havana, who terrorized Cuban society and who denied freedom to thousands of citizens whom he considered "deviants" or "anti-revolutionaries" can never be accepted as a hero, martyr or -- the shock of it -- a saint.

Its a good documentary in the fact that it brings to light other people in the revolution, and it has this kind of new way of presenting the man, with lots of hard guitar in the background to make him seem "radical" i guess. Jon Anderson the author of one of the best bio's on him is interviewed many times, also there are interviews with American soldiers who fought in the revolution,which is very interesting to get to see them. Overall it is one of the better documentaries.

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Mylene
Mylene
5 years ago

can anyone please confirm, it was said in the video that Che Guevara was born May 14, 1928 while in the other books it is June 14.

Renato Leal
Renato Leal
9 years ago

There is alot of derrogatory things one can say about Che Guevara but we cannot in all fairness call him a coward. He was an idealist rather than a politician and I believe he strongly wanted to do the best for his people and he was cursed by the strenght of his beliefs. He might as well have been a murderer but most of the heroes glorified by history are mass murderers sanctioned by governments with empirialistic goals. His life was guerrilla warfare, without it he was lost and while hipocritical leaders like Fidel Castro might rule longer, people will always turn to idealistic rebels like Che for hope.

bluetortilla
bluetortilla
9 years ago

Great. Tons of new material, we've never heard before, no bias or pro American propaganda...you could be enlightened for hours and hours with this stuff. just in case- yes, being sarcastic. Castrosastic...

tari
tari
10 years ago

I love Che despite of all the black mailing you can try to do on him, he was a hero and will remain celebrated

leigh
leigh
10 years ago

That was excellent. Jane Fonda once said that one of her regrets was not sleeping with che. The United states is the enemy of humanity. It's true.

iandizion713
iandizion713
12 years ago

ya boy...Che be forever with us ;)

madscirat
madscirat
12 years ago

America made Che just like we made Bin Laden. We treated the whole continent of South America as a vassal state and supported regimes whose bloodlust and body counts make anything Che or Castro did look like a !)*$&$^ tea party. I'm not saying the guy was a saint, but he was only an imp compared to the Archdemons who ruled those Latin American dictatorships and the Americans who conspired with and supported them.

Jose Cunha
Jose Cunha
12 years ago

... Michael, you are a Koolaid drinking id**t. and I but you've spent many hours in danger for you beleifs. On XBox.

Emma Jane
Emma Jane
12 years ago

Can somebody help me here. I have a major assignment on Che and need help urgently. What were his motives good or bad? would you say Saint or Sinner? HELP!

Michael
Michael
12 years ago

I really enjoy any Che/Fidel/Cuba comments, always from folk who have never spent a moment in danger for their beliefs. Che is a hero and always will be no matter how hard you try to defame him..in fact, keep it coming, it makes the 'Myth' you are trying so hard to destroy, stronger...

Michael
Michael
12 years ago

Pfft... Che lives and will never die, a USA documentary on Che can hardly be taken seriously...Guys, if you want to do good propaganda, disinformation, get an exile speaking peasant spanish and sub-titles for the folk in Miami..jes sayin'...

Adrian Hall
Adrian Hall
12 years ago

Che Guavara was not a socialist. Castro was not a socialist. They were both fascists posing as socialists. Read Marx.

Bvkaos
Bvkaos
12 years ago

Liberal capitalist society's support murder.
Capitalism only benefit the elite.
Leaving ''socialism page one stuff'' no better, no worse.

spartan_chAng
spartan_chAng
12 years ago

I can't believe all these pro-Che comments here. The man was a mass murder, despite his motives. Communism and socialism doesn't benefit the masses, it only benefits the elite. Rights are derived from ownership of property, and under those ideologies nobody but the elite owns property, hence the masses have no rights. This is page one stuff, and it's a shame people are so naive to the reality of the fundamental principles involved.

blahblahbob
blahblahbob
12 years ago

this is terrible pro american propaganda, not worth watching. and i live in the us.

Zroc
Zroc
12 years ago

this doc is some bs history channel propaganda like all too much stuff on that channel. However, don't get me wrong I want to hear all views. No matter how partisan or unfairly biased they might be. I do not turn it off just because I know better I want to hear it all not just turn a deaf ear. I try to keep up with all the bs propaganda that is spewed. so say a little prayer for me... I pray I will not hear lies repeated enough that I will once again start to believe them lol

Bruce
Bruce
12 years ago

Here we go again....Western Armchair Sovietoligists spewing forth their dogma and self righteouss judgements ad nauseam..Batista was a conduit for Mafia and CIA money laundering...his regime left an entire people in abject poverty..Ernesto Guevera remians the single most important reason why that corrupt and vicious regime was put to death...and he helped kill it himself. ...good work Che...instead of this nonsense...try the book "Che - a revolutionary life"...the very best work on Guevera and the Cuban Revolution available for those of the west who have nothing better to do than facilitiate ignorant criticisms based on political prejudices...Many here are probably unaware that Che wrote a treatise lambasting Leninism..a document so radical and so anti Leninist that it remained hidden in cuban archives for almost 40 years at the behest of Fidel....

dave.eggermont
dave.eggermont
12 years ago

What does every good teacher know?
If the class gets out of hand, you must set an example.
What does every good student know?
If the teacher is wrong, he's in the wrong class.

Thien Warder
Thien Warder
13 years ago

This Doc really gives an illusion of fairness for a bit. Then goes on totally one sided. At first saying Havana's capitalism is based on whorehouse style entertainment for the americans. Then later said Havana capitalism crumbled as if the majority of people in Cuba will miss the whorehouses dearly.

Pat Khufu
Pat Khufu
13 years ago

does anyone know the name of the narrater, his voice is epic....

Ricardo Begonha
Ricardo Begonha
13 years ago

So I'm watching the (drum roll) TRUE Story of Che Guevara and this TRUE story begins with acusations to che's hygiene and sexual habits...this scholarly work starts off great.
Anyone with a camera and a washed up brain can make a movie nowadays...

rahil ahmar
rahil ahmar
13 years ago

What's this... Fidel and Raul separates themselves with Che, seems little more politics is involved with Fidel in taking control of Gov. of Cuba and Che with revolutionary vision for entire world. Indeed Soviet and China had some differences with US from early days and its all more of economic superiority then of communist mentality. Fidel becoming socialist when its required? Thats poor to hear that.....i feel that he had a great motive in Cuba rather than Marxism or Leninism.

JES
JES
13 years ago

Wasn't the United States once controlled by the British? Did the people rise up and liberate themselves? I think people are missing a common similarity. The fear of people, like CHE were fuelled media propaganda, and still are (Hugo Chavez). When a country is controlled by foreign capitalism there is no democracy. So you need a "dictator" to stand up and LEAD a nation. DICTATOR= someone high in government that does no share views and ideologies of the capitalist United States. Bias movie! How deep will we fall before we realize we are falling?

p.s. This movie was funded by the U.S. government

J.a. Morales
J.a. Morales
13 years ago

There are those who grumble about his life, and those who stand up for him... This is not about how many people he executed; this is about the evil who lives inside every good person. That's why Third-World born attack for a reason; and it's the same reason why my people starve to death.
Read more and more my man. Read the history of Latin-America, Africa, Middle East and South-East Asia and you will probably change your mind. You will discover why Revolutionaries exist.

Que viva la Revolucion!

ashin
ashin
13 years ago

jen shut up you are to ignorant to realise you as a country let your greatest hero die sure he executed lots of people but what did they expect he did what he felt he had to to protect the regiem its fidel who made him execute his first prisinor and fidel who used him fidel who turned on him and made it look like he didnt fidel who sent all your prisoners to camps under the highways of america che did what he was told and trust me i have more knolege than youd think iv studied his lifeline scince i was a small child

Amer
Amer
13 years ago

Cody

>><Who made this documentary?

Are you going to trust catholics?
Are you going to trust C.I.A?

Catholics burned people, not too long ago . . .
And c.i.a I think everybody knows is the legal mafia of our time. . .

There’s a LOT of missing info.
<

And who should we trust? The Communists who would have us believe that the oppression and bloodshed of the Cuban revolution is justified because it's in the name of their Marxist ideals? After all, Communism is responsible for the deaths of over 100 million people, and the imprisonment and oppression of millions more, a fact that all Communists either seem to cover up or jutsify through abstract postmodern idealism. Are we supposed to take THEIR word for it?

I agree! And maybe Iraq really have a mass destruction weapon, maybe they just haven't found it yet LOL
Wake up man!!!

lh
lh
13 years ago

I sometimes am incredibly surprised at the ignorance of people. How can you deny the truth when it is staring you in the face. People are telling you what happened watch interviews anything they were there so they should know. Also, for anyone that believes he represented freedom what freedom is that? Cuba is certainly not free and if you think they are you may have some issues. If you still believe Che was a hero and he killed from the goodness of his heart, you go to Cuba. You switch places with those people who take their makeshift boats and try to sail to the Us. You take their place.

Ramus
Ramus
13 years ago

This doc is so out of sync its ridiculous

febryan
febryan
13 years ago

how to get this video?

febryan
febryan
13 years ago

how to download this video?

Yipekayay
Yipekayay
13 years ago

Che was an i@#$% communist just like the other i@#$%^ who defend him in these reviews. No matter what his intentions, he brought only poverty, death, fear and slavery because that's all communism is good for. It is the ideal only of the naive or the power hungry. It has never delivered anything but misery throughout history and it never will. Someone once said "If communists took over the Sahara Desert, there would be a shortage of sand in two years."

Landro
Landro
13 years ago

What I complete load of typical CIA propaganda.
Kudos to the narrator's who all sound so credible as they spew their complete and utter exaggerations of a man who helped expose the CIA and US Emperialism - the United States being in their short 60 years as a Super power the largest and most powerful terrorist country ever - from VIetnam, to Central America to South America and now Iraq and Afghanistan - where many many countless innocent children, women and otehr civilians have been brutally destroyed. Che helped give us Cuba un ejemplo enorme para el mundo entero. CHe also gave Central and SOuth Americans the balls to stand up to the Evil Empire today.

Smitty
Smitty
13 years ago

"I believe that there is no country in the world including any and all the countries under colonial domination, where economic colonization, humiliation and exploitation were worse than in Cuba, in part owing to my country’s policies during the Batista regime. I approved the proclamation which Fidel Castro made in the Sierra Maestra, when he justifiably called for justice and especially yearned to rid Cuba of corruption. I will even go further: to some extent it is as though Batista was the incarnation of a number of sins on the part of the United States. Now we shall have to pay for those sins. In the matter of the Batista regime, I am in agreement with the first Cuban revolutionaries. That is perfectly clear."

– U.S. President John F. Kennedy, interview with Jean Daniel, October 24 1963

greek
greek
13 years ago

HASTA SIEMPRE COMANDANTE
Unfortunately he died in vain... very sad because people are so stupid and ignorant that they can not even realize who had died for their well being... so... keep drinking cola and feel happy even if you are from cuba!!! viva freedom of capitalism! viva freedom of stupidity!! :)

John Doe
John Doe
13 years ago

NO MATTER WHAT YOU SAY HE IS A SYMBOL AND HE WILL REMAIN A SYMBOL,”HASTA SIEMPRE COMANDANTE” <<

Sepid said it. we can argue all day about who is good and evil, but we can not argue that this individual decided to attack the wall(pink floyd reference) and change the world

sam
sam
13 years ago

This documentary is an inaccurate portrayal of Ernesto 'Che' Guevarra. As expected, the partisan view of the film maker distorts the history. I have to admit that I did not watch the entire doc. Why continue when numerous fact are inaccurate? The fact of the matter is that Che was not the monster that the film portrays him to be. He was a revolutionary that felt that justice was not served and that he had to take action in order to restore it. Those who are overcritical of Che and the actions of this comrades should be aware of the context in which such action was taken place. Ask yourself who governed Cuba before the revolution took place. Batisa was a ruthless meglomaniac who clung to power by any means necessary. South America and the Carribean was on the verge of becoming a fourth-world colony at the hands of the west. Che had a vision to restore justice, and in doing so he had to make tough decisions. You are so quick to judge Che, yet you pay no attention to the root of the problem; so typical. You also tend to forget Che's motives. Unlike western leaders who have motives to increase their wealth by robbing resources in foreign land, the motives of Che were to obolish greed and share wealth. What is evil about wanting to help the needy, or wanting to provide universal healthcare so that all can live a healthy life? Do no let the stigma of Stalin led Communism influence your opinion of perhaps one of the greatest leaders of social justice and symbols of revolution.

Hasta la victoria siempre!!

karizzle
karizzle
14 years ago

This was wonderfully done, i didn't feel like it was bias. Now I know the true story of Ernesto.

leandro
leandro
14 years ago

yo como argentino siento una gran admiración por el che, su lucha fue contra la injusticia y la desigualdad, contra un mundo manejado por los capitales y no por la razon humana social, tanto en cuba como en toda latinoamerica los capitalistas habian instaurado grandes dictaduras, que mataban a diario activistas de izquierda. Llamalo asesiono
es una de las grandes hipocrecias instauradas de estos tiempos. Fue un idealista? es verdad un heroe? es no es el punto. Fue un luchador honesto de pura convicción.
Long live to che, let the real story of this great example became to surface.
esa es mi humilde opinion
saludos

GJP
GJP
14 years ago

Che and the Castro’s are murdering monsters. Cuba before Castro was one of the top economies in the world. More people emigrated from Europe to Cuba than to any other country in the Western Hemisphere.
Cuba had a thriving and large middle class and a higher standard of living than France.
Blacks held many leading positions in politics and business including the presidency.
Black in Cuba are now 2nd and 3rd class citizens. Even Haitians don't want to go there.
Che himself was a coward willing to send others to their deaths but ran and hid anytime he was threatened.
These were rich, spoiled fools who destroyed a beautiful country.

DL
DL
14 years ago

Amazing documentary!
A character to study and lot to be taken from being just a man from reaching top on the ladder as an immortal figure which the world would never forget.

Paintballgawd
Paintballgawd
14 years ago

Fredd...

You are either:
(1) joking (hopefully)
(2) a child between the ages of 10-14
(3) an idiot

I think this tread is for usefull submissions.
Yeah - Someone to murder a bunch of people who are capitalists and "satanisnts" as you call them is what we need right now. Come on.

Linda McGuigan
Linda McGuigan
14 years ago

This documentary was fasinating. I enjoyed it very much.
Back in my student day's I worked for the Socialist Worker's Party as a printer to earn a few extra pound's and alway's saw his picture on poster's but never asked why or who he was. I now know a bit more, but as other's have pointed out how much propaganda is involved in this docu to make him a man of evil, I will have to do more research his poster is now on my wall at home and will stay there as any one who stand's up for thier believe's and is willing to die for them must at least have some integrety. I will add that these view's are my own.

Linda ;-*

Jon
Jon
14 years ago

Mr. Jon Lee Anderson, author of “Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life,” responds:
"In his characterization of Che Guevara, Mr. Ravelo makes a number of sweeping and emotional assertions which are historically unsound.
For instance, he says that Che was “the executioner of innocents all the way from the Sierra Maestra to the Cabana prison.” To this, I must point out that, while Che did indeed execute people [an episode I have gone into at length in my book] I have yet to find a single credible source pointing to a case where Che executed ‘an innocent’. Those persons executed by Guevara or on his orders were condemned for the usual crimes punishable by death at times of war or in its aftermath: desertion, treason or crimes such as rape, torture or murder. I should add that my research spanned five years, and included anti-Castro Cubans among the Cuban-American exile community in Miami and elsewhere”

Aura
Aura
14 years ago

Thank you for this documentary!

Eff
Eff
14 years ago

BRAVO! To anyone who wants to take on the corrupt USA. We need a Che to get rid of new world order and the satanic cult of capitalists that wants to rule the world.

Tyler
Tyler
14 years ago

"Who made this documentary?

Are you going to trust catholics?
Are you going to trust C.I.A?"

Well, I am more inclined to trust primary sources like Che's own geurillas and the people who were there than some guy on his laptop who doesn't agree with them. Anyway, I thought this doc was about as non-biased as you can get on the topic. It admits that Guevara is a moral paradox and not a black and white icon. There may well have been a certain amount of spin on the whole thing, but it seems to me like this was done objectively and professionally.

Cody
Cody
14 years ago

>>However, what we can say is that he stood up for his belief and what he thought was right<>and did not have any fear about dying for his ideology and beliefs.<<

"Don't shoot! I'm Che Guevara! I'm worth more to you alive than dead!"

Cody
Cody
14 years ago

>>A delusion is an unshakable belief in something untrue,<>and inside Cuba then instead of making false accusations rely on historical facts.<>To this, I must point out that, while Che did indeed execute people [an episode I have gone into at length in my book] I have yet to find a single credible source pointing to a case where Che executed ‘an innocent’.<<

Yes, John Lee's Anderson's popular lie which has been refuted as often as it has been parroted.
Instead of pointing out that Anderson's source for this claim is Castro's minister of Propaganda (go ahead, look it up) I'll let Che's own words debunk the Goebbels of the Cuban Revolution:

"To send men to the firing squad, judicial proof is unnecessary. These procedures are an archaic bourgeois detail. This is a revolution! And a revolutionary must become a cold killing machine motivated by pure hate."

Now, shucks. How on earth does Anderson get off saying that he personally investigated and debunked the notion that Che executed innocent men, when Che himself actively mocked the notion of a fair trial?
Simple: Because he is deliberately revising history to glorify and evil man and his evil actions and ideals because Anderson finds them romantic, and thereby thinks that his devotion to ideals supercedes objective reality or journalistic integrity.

Cody
Cody
14 years ago

>>He was a radical thinker and he also understood the fact that the status-quo would not yield: to basic human rights for all, to equality for all people, to open, honest dialogue.<>He dedicated his life to these ideals and eventually was murdered for them.<<

And what of all the innocent people Che and the Castro brothers murdered? Do they "not count" because they didn't extoll some self-defeating ideal?

Cody
Cody
14 years ago

>><Who made this documentary?

Are you going to trust catholics?
Are you going to trust C.I.A?

Catholics burned people, not too long ago . . .
And c.i.a I think everybody knows is the legal mafia of our time. . .

There’s a LOT of missing info.
<

And who should we trust? The Communists who would have us believe that the oppression and bloodshed of the Cuban revolution is justified because it's in the name of their Marxist ideals? After all, Communism is responsible for the deaths of over 100 million people, and the imprisonment and oppression of millions more, a fact that all Communists either seem to cover up or jutsify through abstract postmodern idealism. Are we supposed to take THEIR word for it?