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Second Sunday Foreign Film Series presents “The Motorcycle Diaries”

May 8, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm


“The Motorcycle Diaries” is based on the journals of Che Guevara, leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara recounts adventures he had with his best friend, Alberto Granado, while crossing South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s.

In 1952, twenty-three-year-old medical student Ernesto Guevara de la Serna – “Fuser” to his friends and later known as Che Guevara – is one semester away from graduation and decides to postpone his last semester to accompany his twenty-nine-year-old biochemist friend Alberto Granado – “Mial” to his friends – on his four month long motorcycle trip over 8,000 kilometers of  South America, starting from their home in Buenos Aires. Their quest is to see things they’ve only read about in books about the continent on which they live and to finish their adventure on Alberto’s thirtieth birthday on the other side of the continent in the Guajira Peninsula in Venezuela. Not all on this trip goes according to plan – the pair suffers a broken down motorbike, a continual lack of money (often stretching the truth to gain the favor of strangers to help them), arguments, and Fuser’s chronic asthma. But a chance encounter with a couple of communists in the Chilean desert and an extended visit to the San Pablo Leper Colony in the Perúvian Amazon Basin, among other adventures, profoundly impact the men’s worldviews and life trajectories and strengthen the bond between these two friends.



May 8, 2016
3:30 pm - 6:00 pm