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El Dia Que Me Quieras

El Dia Que Me Quieras

Investigating death and the power of photography, EL DIA QUE ME QUIERAS is a meditation on the last picture taken of Che Guevara, as he lay dead on a table surrounded by his captors.

After Guevara was captured and killed, in 1967, a wire photograph was transmitted from Bolivia. Its publication on October 10, 1967, was the culmination of a legendary search that had lasted two years. The photograph shows the corpse in a room full of military men. Taken by Freddy Alborta, it has been compared to Mantegna's Dead Christ and Rembrandt's The Anatomy Lesson of Professor Tulp.

Katz has deconstructed this infamous photograph, approaching the work as an archaeologist sifting historical remnants. Using close-up photography and masking techniques, he re-photographs the image, and asks questions about its content, attempting to expose the indeterminate powers of photographic and cinematic representation.

The results invoke a sense of loss and mourning. But the film counters the mythologizing of Guevara by placing him back into the Latin American intellectual life of his day through references to Borges, Gardel, Neruda, Castro and contemporary Andean culture. A crucial aspect of this is an interview with the photographer, Freddy Alborta.

Alborta was the only professional photographer among the journalists taken to see Guevara's corpse. He wasn't credited for the photo until recently. From the several rolls of film he took that day, Alborta gave Katz 72 photographs never seen before to use in the film. His memories of that day, his dramatic photographs, along with rare newsreel footage and international headlines announcing the event are the central elements of the film.

EL DIA QUE ME QUIERAS takes its title from a song by Argentine singer Carlos Gardel. Popular in Latin America since the 1930s, the song tells of a love that brings about an almost biblical transformation. Guevara has also been transformed into a myth. This film attempts a deconstruction of the myth, through the detailed examination of a photo depicting the figure on his deathbed.

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