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“Chasing Che” – An Iranian Film at the Latin American Film Festival

Alireza Rofougaran spent four years meeting people who still remembered working alongside Che Guevara.

Armed with a handycam he lived in South America on a four-year odyssey in which the Iranian businessman switches the course of his life. Inspired by a biography of Che Guevara, which he reads and then translates into Farsi, Alireza embarks on a long odyssey through Latin America and Europe, camera in hand. His mission: to retrace Che’s footsteps. In an effort to gain a greater personal understanding of Che, he looks up any of the late revolutionary’s surviving friends and foes he can find and in the process, gains new insights into his own life.

Viewing the myth of Che Guevara with an eye to his own society, Alireza realizes the peculiarity of such a cross-cultural inspiration. Upon his return to Iran, he witnesses how the same cross-cultural enthusiasm among his countrymen gives rise to open controversy.

Throughout the film,  Alireza finds himself confronted by professional challenges posed by his new endeavor and his own obsessive commitment to fulfilling the project.

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