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History vs. Che Guevara - Alex Gendler

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His face is recognized all over the world – the young medical student who became a revolutionary icon. But was Che Guevara a heroic champion of the poor, or a ruthless warlord who left a legacy of repression? Alex Gendler puts this controversial figure on trial in History vs. Che Guevara.

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  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director Brett Underhill
  • Animator Brett Underhill
  • Illustrator Brett Underhill
  • Associate Producer Elizabeth Cox, Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
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Che’s account of his path to revolution in The Motorcycle Diaries has become a classic, and was even adapted into film. His early journals also provide more insight into his thinking. The human rights abuses of the Cuban Revolution and Castro’s regime have been extensively documented. Criticism of Che has also come from the left and the right.

Declassified documents from the National Security Archive provide an inside look into the events that led to his death. Finally, see how Che’s memory lives on in Cuba today.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Alex Gendler
  • Director Brett Underhill
  • Animator Brett Underhill
  • Illustrator Brett Underhill
  • Associate Producer Elizabeth Cox, Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Addison Anderson