The world right now is full of insurrection. In China, in Iran, in Palestine, in the Mediterranean, all across North Africa, even in Wisconsin, thousands of men and women are agitating for their rights and, as it often turns out, for their lives. In the spirit of global solidarity, the Thin Man Tavern and St. Mark's Coffeehouse are hosting Uprisings, a series of eight films about political resistance. This week they're screening Che Part One: The Argentine, the first segment of a two-piece biopic about the life of Che Guevara.
It's not like that name is hard to recognize. Basically everywhere south of the U.S.-Mexico border, Che Guevara is revered like the hero of some wonderful legend, and to self-congratulatory "politically aware" types around the world, he's a symbol of all things empowering. In fact, Che is so famously cool that, at this point, he's only that: cool. Most people no longer have much of an idea of why.
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Thankfully, the wealth of modern media makes ignorance very difficult to sustain. Have a question? Chances are, there's a movie with an answer. Che Part One focuses on Guevara's earliest activism, especially his role in the Cuban revolution and his friendship with Fidel Castro. It plays tonight at 8 p.m. in the Ubisububi Room, the cozy basement of the Thin Man Tavern, and it won't cost you a dime. Future screenings include Battle in Seattle, Bread and Roses, Children of Men, and -- next week -- Che Part Two: Guerilla.