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Tristan Bauer to make film about Che Guevarra

Posted February 06, 2006 by publisher in Cuba Business.
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Prensa Latina

Argentinean filmmaker Tristan Bauer, First Prizewinner at Havana Festival of the New Latin American Movie with the film “Iluminados por el fuego” and attending the International Book Fair held in Cuba, Sunday announced he would make a film on the life of Commandant Ernesto Che Guevara.

During the presentation of the volume “Guevara, Critical Views on the Political Economy” at Morro-Cabanas Complex, headquarters of the international event, the young director confirmed his commitment with the audience, Ernesto Guevara’s prolific life and work.

“It is a documentary on his life,” said Bauer currently carrying out his searching tasks in the Center of Studies named after the heroic guerrilla.

Attending the Havana Movie Festival on December, Tristan Bauer paid homage to the young people dead in the Malvinas Islands (Falklands) and to Che Guevara.

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Member Comments

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On February 06, 2006, Mauricio Covadonga wrote:

How can we let someone make a documentary about an assasin?! It would be like making a movie in homage of Osama Bin Laden!!!! Anyone who believes that Che Guevara was a “good man” obviously hasn’t seen what has happened to Cuba. Cuba is the way it is because of people like him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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On February 07, 2006, Micaela Mc Lucas wrote:

thank you for somebody in the world who finally pointing out the obvious. unfortunetly, che guevarra is incorrectly seen as a hero, and an icon for confused ignorant teenagers who screenprint his face onto cheap teeshirts and backpacks, claiming that he is a great man. he was not. Cuba has lost its lucrity as a nation because of the insane planning of che and fidel. If anything, a movie should be made pointing this out, rahter than iconizing him ,such as in the motorcycle diaries. People dont even realize he wasnt even cuban, he was a lost kid from argentina. jeeze.

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On February 07, 2006, YoungUrbanCuban wrote:

Films have been made about Hitler,Mussolini,Napolean,Ceasar etc. so what’s the big deal?

To close to home I take it?

Bet you once Castro has died,Hollywood will rake in the dough filiming a Castro life story.

Good or bad,there is no denying these folks their place in history.

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On February 07, 2006, YoungUrbanCuban wrote:

Perhaps to many Cubans,Che was a monster,but there are those apart from Cubans that adored/admire Che for his pre-Cuban revolution affairs.

Castro before the revolution defended the poor as an attorney for no pay,do you not think some people admired/adored him for that jesture?

How bad was Hitler?

Sucked if you were polish or Jewish,but many Germans loved him as their leader,after all the Volkswagen (People’s Wagon) was invented because of Hitler,he would give them away at no cost to his people so they wouldn’t have to walk in the snow while going to work etc…

I guess the way people see things all depends on where you’re watching from.

Perhaps a film on Batista would satisfy the Cuban/Miami community?

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On February 07, 2006, Micaela Mc Lucas wrote:

so you justify all the autrocities of the likes of hitler and mussolini and fidel castro, because at some point in time they had a bit of rational and wanted to help people? thats human nature, we all have an instinct to helping people out, and if you think that the few good things fidel castro did before taking over a country militarily and threatening the lives of millions ( bay of pigs) well then i think you are out of line.

as for hollywood taking on a role, theyve done it for everything. im not saying that they dont have the right to do that. In the US, the first amendment grants us the freedom to speak our opinion, and make whatever movie we want, a right that cuban people dont have, unfortunately. The problem doesnt arise from the movies themselves, but what people learn to think after watching a movie. they see che guvarra as a nice guy because of his portrayal, and ignorantly asume that, man that guy seems pretty cool.

and i film isnt meant to satisfy a community or an opinion, it is a piece of work made out of the imagination of the artist, whether it has any significance politically/socially whatever, is only to be understood by the writer/director.

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On February 07, 2006, YoungUrbanCuban wrote:

I never said I justify anyone’s actions,however,I do justify their place in history,I mean we can go back and forth for eternity when speaking of history,White man killed Indians,stole their land,White man enslaved blacks,killed them by the hundreds of thousands etc… history to me is just that,history,the past,not the future,no need to dwell in the past for any reason.

Bay Of Pigs…history
Missle Crisis…history
Che…history
Camilo Cienfuegos…history
My great grandfather Calixto Garcia…dead and gone,HISTORY!

No matter how one portrays someone in a film,it is up to the person paying their $7 to watch the film,to believe what they want,YOU nor I can and will NEVER change that..so stop crying and enjoy the film.

And as far as deaths by the hands of Che and Castro goes,I know it all to well,my uncle is on their hitlist,as well as another shot and killed by Batista himself,but do I dwell on it,hate the men who killed them?

Absoulutely not! Why?

They died with pride defending what they believed in and rather having people cry for them,I rather have people honor them by stop talking of killings by the hands of Che and Castro,it was and still is in many ways,wartime,death happens,that’s the name of the game,a game I know far to well as an ex solider,ask the US what really happend in Panama,ask how many CIVILIAN lives we took,bet they won’t tell you.

ohhh..but I am sure if you were told that in Panama hundreds of civilians lives were taken in an area that had NO Panamanian forces,you WOULD condone that,all in the name of eliminating a crater face Noriega!

Answer me this,would you condone the lives of thousands of Cubans in Cuba,for the sake of removing Castro?

Don’t answer,think we know what you would say!

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On February 07, 2006, Micaela Mc Lucas wrote:

i do not aplaud any violence, and furthermore i think in order to SAVE the lives of more cubans on castro’s “hitlist” its necessary for some actions to occur, no not violently killing civilians, like as you say happened in panama. it sucks. its not fair. i get it.  I think its terrible all of the injustice your family has suffered, but whether you live in panama, cuba, the congo, argentina or the US, violence has proven time and time again to never be the right answer, some form of diplomacy needs to be utilized.
     
Fidel castro has shown to be incredibly smart, in finding a way to make his mark in history, but may he rot in hell for his actions. im too naive to be the judge of his character, or to even try and come up with the correct resolution for all the problems facing cubans, unfortunately no one else is stepping up to the plate either.

Im not even cuban and yet i feel this strange bond with the country as if it were my own.  i have studied its history and rich culture over and over and seeing how it has all come to demise, and how so many cuban people have been tortured and maltreated brings tears to my eyes.

At seventeen, i know i have many years ahead of me to hopefully do my part in trying to help these people. Being from argentina i have seen similar forms of political corruption destroy the hopes and dreams of my grandparents and family. and having seen my grandfather tear up over talking about how he was kidnapped by the nazis in italy, i understand the extremities of violence and corruption.

If my family members had died in the hands of infidels such as batista, i would honor them, and be further motivated to help change cuba, rather than hush up and not talk about the situation.

of course we cant refrain from looking back on history, the point is that we LEARN from it. if people are just going to sit and dwell about an injustice, they are idiots. By pointing out what has gone wrong previously, and attempting to fix it so that the future generations dont have to live through the same injustice we are taking history, not to dwell on it, as you say, but to grow from it.

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On February 07, 2006, YoungUrbanCuban wrote:

These ARE realities we MUST face,NO country has ever NOT had some sort of opression,mass killings etc. before it came into it’s own.

The US,was seperated,north and south,whites killing whites (how ironic)etc.

Cuba,is a unique example on where it’s fiture history will fall,once governed by Spain,then by many crooked president,is as if history has repeated it’s self for Cuba for the past 100 plus years.

The one thing you can be sure of,is that Cuba,it’s people and it’s ways,does have a strong CUBAN (anti Yankee) revolution following,notice I said CUBAN revolution,therefore what you and others may feel will be the end of the revolution once Castro is gone,is a complete mistake.

The revolution was in place before Castro was even born!

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On February 07, 2006, Micaela Mc Lucas wrote:

wow. that was incredibly stupid.

you are so blind to who is to blame that its almost like stockholme syndrome, going along with the beliefs of the criminal who has wronged you. How can you honestly say that cuban people basically wanted all this to happen to them? this revolution was fidel castros crooked idea of how to fix a problem, and instead he has caused another problem.

reality is though, once he’s dead, which is soon, because he’s pretty damn old, everything is going to change. cuban people dont want this messed upwatered down “socialism” that has washed over cuba. in reality its just an insane dictatorship, not some revolution that is in cuban blood. whats in everyones blood, black, brown, white, purple whatever, is the search for justice. in cuba there is no justice, and you are ignorant if you say that its just a messy cycle only to be continued by a new crooked president. There are no long term goals set by fidel on how the country will be run once he’s gone. he’s so dillusional he probably thinks that he will live for ever and maybe even have tea and a cigar over the remains of the other crooked president, george bush. Things are going to change dramatically once he’s gone. i’d gamble my life savings on it. He is the main frame of his dictatorship, and no one else could ever have the balls to take his place, thus giving wiggleroom for democracy of some form to sliver in.

although there is an increasing number of leftist presidents now dominating latin america, i know that the US will have the most influence over what is to come, and based on several newspaper articles i have been reading lately, i know that the US is already in the works with the UN deliberating the plan of action for the future of cuba, not to control cuba, as what happened after the spanish american war, but to assist cuba, in becoming a healthy country for the future.

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On February 07, 2006, YoungUrbanCuban wrote:

That’s the kind of thinking that most have,once Fidel is gone ALL CUBANS will welcome the US assistance..sure,for a second or so,until the chaos truly falls in place.

You truly believe EVERY SINGLE CUBAN in CUBA,will fold to the mercy of the US?

And you call me blind? Hahahahaha…

I never said the Cuban people wanted this style of revolution,but many DO and WILL kill for the TRUE Cuban revolution,think not?

But wait,let’s go to the part where you say Cubans only allow this to happen to them,becauseeeeee….of fear,fear of Castro (one man) and fear of Castro’s croonies (hand full of men compared to the rest of the island),fear of being snitched on,fear this and fear that…

Or could it not be,support?

I know that puts a dagger in every Cuban’s heart living in the US,but don’t freak out when you see how much support the CUBAN REVOLUTION has,not Fidelism,nor Communism.

The examples are seen within my own family in Cuba,ALL would die for CUBA,for THE REVOLUTION,and would NEVER welcome the US to Cuba.

Understand my madness?
Of course not,you haven’t interviewed hundreds of Cubans (civilians)from the poorest to some well off as I have, ALL have one thing in common,Yankee Go Home!

And the majority would die if the US ever tried to invade Cuba,so how is the US going to help Cuba once Fidel has passed without invading Cuba?

This I’d like to know!

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On February 07, 2006, MiamiCuban wrote:

The Revolution wasn’t just Castro’s revolution, it was the people’s revolution and history shows there was mass support.  Granted, mistakes were made.  Castro was a man of vision who tried to do too much in too little time and ended up making costly mistakes.  This was further compounded by the anti-revolutionaries, particularly the exiles in Miami, with their Bay of Pigs invasion, sabotage, psychological warfare for over 40 year, PLUS an embargo.  How many countries can survive all that unscathed?  We received ONE terrorist attack on 911 and never recovered fully from that.  So instead of criticizing Cuba for its failings, learn to admire them for what they have accomplished despite the many obstacles.  As for Che Guevara, like YoungCuban says, he deserves his place in history.  Aside from that, anyone who sacrifices his own life for the benefit of others is a hero.  Miami Cubans may see him as a villain, but the rest of the world sees him differently.

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On February 07, 2006, YoungUrbanCuban wrote:

The chain of thought coming out of exiled Cubans is totally blurred by the media,they see Cubans leaving on rafts,they see dissident movements etc.

But what they don’t see is how the majority of Cubans think and feel about the the entire US/Cuba relation of the past 40 + years and then some.

Most exiles of the 60’s have never gone back,they only express their views from what they see and hear through media, which to me is a very bad way of coming to a conclusion about what (majority) of Cubans on the island want,think and feel.

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On February 07, 2006, MiamiCuban wrote:

True, the exiles use the stories about rafters as negative propaganda against Castro, when in fact most of them leave simply because of the economic situation (although they’re afraid to admit that once they’re in Miami).  Yes, they risk their lives at sea, just like the Mexicans risk their lives crossing the desert (and in greater numbers) for a chance to improve the material conditions in their lives.  The media has done a great job of distorting the truth, and there is no real and honest debate on television in Miami with respect to the situation in Cuba.  If there were, public opinion would change drastically and the exile leaders would lose their power.  They accuse Cuba of keeping a lid on the free flow of information, yet this is precisely what they do in Miami.

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On February 07, 2006, D. Robledo wrote:

Exactly. And keep in mind many of these refugees who come here for supposedly political freedom/asylum make a trip back to see their families AS SOON AS THEY LEGALLY CAN.

As for Che, let me just say I think he’s both overidealized by the left and overvilified by the right.  People see in Che what they want to see, it’s like a political/ideological Rorschach test. Interestingly, it is well documented that Raul Castro was responsible for the execution of far more Batista supporters than Che. . . yet no one gets into a hissy fit over Raul. . .  grin

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On February 07, 2006, Ozzie wrote:

Having an opinion over a public figure, whether good or bad, is normal and it is great that we can voice our opinions and debate them freely without fear of repression. That is the wonderful thing about living in a democracy. My biggest gripe with Che is his belief in the Communist System. It is a system that has been proven to be a failure as an economic system. I trully believe that he did what he did because he believed in his beliefs and in good heart thought that it would help people in Cuba and other places live better lives. On the other hand, I don’t think Castro shared his same feelings. I think Castro used Che and the system he believed in to obtain power and total control of a nation. If Castro trully believes that his system is the best and trully believes that the people of his country are behind him and agree with his policies, then he should hold free elections so that the world can see he is in power because the people want him in power and are happy with what he has done.

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On February 07, 2006, Micaela Mc Lucas wrote:

dont go running to the US for refuge, if you’re going to talk so horribly about a country that has rescued cubans from spanish persecution a hundred years ago as well. Americans do what they can to help the cuban people, the poor, the hungry, we try. what we have no support for is the dictatorship in place. its pathetic that you have to go so low as to dismiss the united states in such manner.

plus i never generalized ALL cubans in respect to anything. Not all cubans support fidel, not all cubans hate fidel. everyone everything, those words dont exist.

cubans are idiots for electing castro anyway, so i have no pity if another messed up president is put into place afer fidel is long gone, because based on the tone you are all speaking, you are left to sulk in your own crap if you cant take even a little bit of crticism on the demise of cuba.

and im not over evilizing che guevarra, i am quite aware that there are several men left to blame for this crisis, but the fact of the matter is that he has become such an iconized symbol for pop culture, for all the wrong reasons, and it pisses me off when people think of him like that without even truly knowing what a stupid man he was.

i hope one day you all open yours eyes to realize how wrong you are about this crooked patriotism you have for a lost cause. love your country for being part of you, dont iconize a messed up political system that you feel compelled to justify without cause.

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On February 08, 2006, YoungUrbanCuban wrote:

The US rescued Cuba during the Spanish war? Really?

Only AFTER Cuba had already isolated the Spanish soilders did the US come in,and then the US troops and their leaders had the audacity of rasing the US flag on Cuban soil,besides the fact the US troops did not allow for the Cuban fighters to march in a victory parade,all the while the US marched as if they owned Cuba.

The last thing you want to do is challenge me on this issue,for one,I AM the great grandson of Calixto Garcia,a staple figure in Cuban history,and number two I personally have in my possession 5 of Calixto’s daily logs (diaries)(scholars would die for these) that include hand drawn maps,stratergies and daily mentions of how things were going, the logs were brought to the US when my Mother left Cuba in the early 60’s.

Quote “History will absolve me” ,funny thing about these logs,many truths will one day see the light,all in due time my friends,all in due time!

And as far as talking against the US goes,I don’t,it is MY country,born and raised here,spent over 12 years fighting for this country,but,that does that mean I must hide some of the evils my country has done that I have been seen with my own eyes.

Does it?

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On February 08, 2006, MiamiCuban wrote:

As far as the U.S. “rescuing Cuba” from Spain, I think that’s the elementary school version of history.  It was hardly a “rescue”.  First of all, The Cubans as well as the Spaniards were by that time totally debilitated from a long war, so it was bound to be a relatively easy win for the U.S. (who stepped in under the pretext that the Spaniards had blown up the U.S.S. Battleship Maine, something that was never proven).  The end result?  The U.S. acquires new territories, and the Platt Amendment gives the U.S. direct say in all of Cuba’s affairs and free reign on their land.  I don’t see where the “rescue” part is.

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On February 08, 2006, jesup wrote:

Calm down folks, it’s only a movie. The CIA took care of Che but look what’s happening in Bolivia now. The moral of the story is: you can kill the messenger , but the message ultimately gets through.

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On February 09, 2006, Ozzie wrote:

The problem is not the messenger…its the message. What is happening in Bolivia????.......I guess the Cocaine supply is now secure….who knows…the price may even go down! I guess a lot of people will be very happy when we are all under Communist rule….at least all of those people that have never lived under it. People should be careful what they wish for.

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On February 09, 2006, Jesup wrote:

It’s not communism we are talking about Ozzie, look at the history of the Bolivian people and if you can tell me that the U.S. has been good to them, then there is nothing more to say. As far as cocaine is concerned, the market is here, the poor indians use it a lot wisely than U.S. consumers, not to mention that our ally, Colombia, is its biggest supplier.

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On February 09, 2006, D. Robledo wrote:

Yes, the cocaine problem is caused by young children of rich capitalists with too much money and too much free time. . .  ;o)

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On February 16, 2006, publisher wrote:

For those of you who like to follow Cuba culture, sports, science, cigars, dance, music, etc. we have finished our Cuba Culture Forums.

Go ahead and start a Che Guevara forum. Maybe I love Che vs. I hate Che?

Take a look here

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On October 26, 2006, Antonio E Muniz wrote:

It had to be someone like Mc Caela to point out someone that is latin or German to be a criminal or murderer. For your information it was Batista who actually cuased Cuba to be poor. He truly abused his power and gave the authority to the rich. You most likely are one of those rich kids who would probably say yes to the rich and screw the poor. Che and Fidel Broke that way of life and before you start talking how bad Che and Fidel is. Why don’t we try with people like Longshanks who murdered and raped the scottish and Irish people. Or lets talk about the United States who Killed to great men because the wanted independence and the right to give people a better life . Salvador Allende who was killed by the CIA because he gained economic power for all his people. Or Pedro Albizu Campos who led people like my graet uncle for the independence of Puerto Rico. Who the FBI ended up killing both men with radiation poisoning. Or why don’t we talk about the Masacre of Ponce innoscent peopl coming in to the city and celebrating an independence day for themselves and some %&#! gringo like you ordered them to be killed for no reason. So screw you and your ways without knowing the true facts.

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On January 17, 2008, RevoluciĆ³n wrote:

Where are all those first people to comment from? Are you Cubans are you %&#! americans? Che was a very intelligent person and wanted to help south american countries suffering with the difference o classes in the society, that’s why he believed in comunism.He was from Argentina but he didn’t try it only in Cuba but in the other countries in South America and even in Afica. Everybody knows that he authoryzed many executions and killd people (and i’m not saying that this point was right), but revolution was the way he and Fidel found out to free Cuba from Fulgencio Batista who was ally of United States that wanted (and still want today) to control all the world, all the countries. Now did anybody read about the plans of United States to take Che and Fidel out of Power in 1962 and 1964? Nobody say anything about Kennedy planning terrorist attacks in the own United States to make Cuba’s leaders guilty and so they could start a War agains Cuba. Or yet that Americans helped about 1940 people to rebel or that they burned farms with planes in Cuba.
And all this because they didn’t want to be captalistc and wanted a comunistic way to finhish difference and poverity. Sorry about my words but who %&#! Cuba was Batista and States and not Che.
Sometimes it’s better to close our mouths before say something about we don’t know, so go read a biografy of Che or history of Cuba. You can find it easilly in the internet like wikipedia.com.
And about the topic in the journal, i hope it will be a very good documentary.
Thanks.

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On November 07, 2008, Cuban wrote:

“Revolucion” who wrote the last comment, let me just say “you’re an idiot” and as you stated….wikipedia.com? Are you serious? Is this where you are getting all of your vital information? Where 3rd graders get their info for school papers? Have you ever been part of a revolution? Are you even Cuban? Argentenian? I think you are e an idiot spending way to much time reading false information…and in case you werent aware not everything you read is true.
Now take it from me…someone who LIVED through the revolution, struggled to LEAVE a communist country and thankfully has been able to live in a “FREE” United States for 28 years now…CHE is an assassin!! He might have had good intentions at some point…but by the time the revolution began his motives changed…he was a trader and a coward and his last pathetic words before he was killed by Bolivians (contracted by Castro) was “please dont kill me, I’m more valuable alive than dead” This is your Martyr?  This is your HERO? You are very mistaken!
  look up martyr, revolutionary, communism, socialism, capitalism and IDIOT on your wikipedia…=)

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