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The hands of Che Guevara
a documentary film by Peter De Kock

Buried under a landing strip in Bolivia, the body of Che Guevara was found in 1997. With its discovery, the last mystery about Guevara’s life seemed resolved. Until it became apparent his hands were missing.

The documentary The hands of Che Guevara is a search for the severed and missing hands of the Latin-American revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara. It leads to a number of remarkable people; men and women who were prepared to risk their lives for two dead hands.
Through their testimonies and anecdotes a story unfolds. A tale so bizarre and secret that it has been banished to the shadows of history.

The documentary The hands of Che Guevara is a linear tale, built on the stories of several ‘first persons’. All those involved tell their part, each from their own point of view, featuring themselves as the main character. The stories are coloured, romanticised and embellished. They are told with a great sense for drama and big themes like trust and betrayal, truth and reality, tricks and deceit.
By stringing together the small, subjective stories of each person involved, slowly a larger, ‘objective’ history becomes visible. Like a mosaic from which one slowly distances oneself.

Peter De Kock (1967) studied Photography and Audiovisual Design (and graduated “cum laude”) before he started his study at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam.
After his graduation in 1994, De Kock worked as a Director of Photography on numerous documentaries, features, commercials and video clips.
In addition to his work as cinematographer, De Kock directed videoclips and commercials.
“The hands of Che Guevara” is his first feature length documentary.

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Rene Cadima (Photocredit: Melle van Essen)

Rene Cadima (Photocredit: Melle van Essen)

The body of Che Guevara, 1967.
(Photocredit: Rene Cadima)

Victor Zannier
(Photocredit: Melle van Essen)