Why do some of us only think or want, while others do and make? How do the seeds of true revolution first begin?
Walter Salles’ “The Motorcycle Diaries” (2004, Rated R), screening at 6:30 p.m. today at Mesa Public Library, examines a young Che Guevara’s journey across South America, where the aspiring doctor witnesses continent-wide poverty, disparity, and injustice, the magnitude of which might have been enough to inspire his future.
Toward the end of 1951, Ernesto Guevara de la Serna (Gael Garcia Bernal) and his friend Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) set off from Buenos Aires to explore the continent. Because Guevara is a medical student and Granado, a biochemist, the two are going in part to volunteer at a leper colony in San Pablo, Peru. But of course, a 5,000-mile motorcycle trip is never just about a job.
After the motorcycle, dubbed “The Mighty One,” suffers its last mile, well before the men reach their ostensible destination, Guevara and Granado continue on foot, hitching rides with Incas, cows, miners and Communists.