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An undated file photo of Major Ernesto “Che” Guevara. “The Motorcycle Diaries,’’ a film portraying Guevara as a young romantic, was being shown in Cuba beginning Monday, June 14, 2004. (AP Photo/ File)
“The Motorcycle Diaries,” a portrait of Ernesto “Che” Guevara as a young romantic, was being shown in Cuba beginning Monday as the director and several of the film’s actors marked what would have been the late revolutionary’s 76th birthday.
“There is no other place I want to be than here,” Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal, who played the role of Guevara, told a Havana news conference Monday.
The movie’s first general screenings in Cuba were starting Monday night in the central city of Santa Clara, where Guevara’s remains were brought in 1997 - 30 years after he was killed in Bolivia.
Guevara and his troops seized control of Santa Clara during the Cuban revolution that pushed former dictator Fulgencio Batista from power in 1959.
The film, produced by Robert Redford and directed by Walter Salles, traces Guevara’s early adventures when he and his friend Alberto Granados traversed South America on a motorcycle in 1952.
Relatives of Guevara and Granados attended Monday’s news conference.
“The presentation of the film pays homage to the life of a man who taught us a lot about tenderness,” said Aleida Guevara March, Guevara’s daughter.