BECOMING CHE

LOS CAMINOS DEL CHE

By Pablo MENSI

ZZK FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Post-Production 2019

A road movie revisiting the journey across Latin America that turned Ernesto Guevara into “el Che.” Over sixty years on, his loyal friend and fellow traveler Carlos “Calica” Ferrer sets out on that legendary adventure once again.

    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • ARGENTINA
    • Languages
    • SPANISH-ARGENTINE
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Pablo MENSI
    • Writer(s)
    • Javier MORELLO
    • Producer(s)
    • Grant DULL (ZZK Films)
    • Synopsis
    • Sixty-five years ago, two young childhood friends set off on a journey that would change their lives and the history of Latin America and the world. Their names were Ernesto Guevara and Carlos Ferrer.
      Today, at the age of 87, Carlos “Calica” Ferrer sets out to tour the continent again, recalling the journey that turned Ernesto into Che. Using different forms of transport—cars, buses, boats and trains—we travel with Calica Ferrer as he returns to the places they visited, recalling the anecdotes and memories of that legendary journey.
      This film is a journey across Latin America and also a journey into memory. It begins in Alta Gracia, Córdoba (Argentina), recalling Guevara and Ferrer’s childhood and teen years, before jumping to 1953 and the different places they visited in Bolivia, Peru and Ecuador, before going their separate ways in Guayaquil (Ecuador).
      After splitting up, they stayed in contact by letter. Ferrer remembers Guevara’s progress towards the revolution and both young men’s promises that they would meet again, until finally the news came of Che’s murder in Bolivia. We see how Ferrer found out, what he felt, what it meant to him and to this continent that they had both traveled across just a few years before.
      Sixty-five years on, Ferrer returns to the same places these two close friends visited. He recalls how they came across a Latin America of great social contrasts, the adventures and scrapes they got into and the consciousness that this trip gradually awoke in them as they came face to face with the reality of this continent. At the same time, we ponder what things have changed and what has remained the same in these countries.