"CHEVOLUTION" (Written & directed by Luis Lopez & Trisha Ziff, 2008, 86 minutes)
Sunday, May 22, 2011, 7 pm Centre for Socialist Education, 706 Clark Drive, Vancouver
"Chevolution" tells the story of a photo that after 50 years, continues to intrigue the world. How did the iconic image of Che end up on everything from radical T-shirts to beer bottles and bikinis? Directors Luis Lopez and Trisha Ziff focus on the single most famous photographic portrait of the 20th century: Alberto Korda’s image of the beret-wearing Ernesto “Che” Guevara.... The photograph itself was cropped down from a larger picture that showed Guevara at the 1960 memorial service for the victims of the La Coubre explosion. The outside world first saw it in a 1965 edition of Paris-Match After Guevara’s death in 1967, the image was used as a symbol of many movements and issues, far beyond Che’s ideology of revolutionary Marxism. Albert Korda’s estate eventually regained the copyright on the image, but only after millions of posters, t-shirts, postcards and parodies were created. Among those interviewed in Chevolution are Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams and actors Antonio Banderas and Gael Garcia Bernal.
Left Film Nights are presented by the Centre for Socialist Education, Young Communist League, and the Vancouver East and Montivero Clubs of the Communist Party of Canada. Admission free, donations welcome, coffee and refreshments available. Call 604-255-2041 or email for further information.