*from the screenplay category*

seeds of a revolution

  • FADE IN:
  • EXT. CUBAN COUNTRYSIDE - 1937
  • Young entrepreneurs, CHE(9) and FIDEL(11), sit at a roadside table from which they sell pineapple slices.
  • Che wears a beret. Fidel, a cadet cap.
  • Music plays from a small radio on the ground beside them. Across the road, in a grassy field, a couple dances the Argentine Tango.
  • In the distance, RUBÉN ZALDÍVAR(36), in a business suit and tie, approaches carrying a suitcase in each hand.
  • He arrives, unburdens himself, and pulls a handkerchief from his jacket pocket to wipe his face and neck.
  • RUBÉN ZALDÍVAR
  • The August sun is hot.
  • CHE
  • Where did you come from?
  • RUBÉN ZALDÍVAR
  • Banes. Three hundred miles behind.
  • CHE
  • Where you going?
  • RUBÉN ZALDÍVAR
  • Havana. Four hundred miles beyond.
  • CHE
  • Why are you walking?
  • RUBÉN ZALDÍVAR
  • The destination is much sweeter if a man suffers his journey.
  • CHE
  • But the aftertaste is bitter. No?
  • A pig riding a motorcycle speeds past on a wave of dust. Rubén Zaldívar pulls his wallet from an inside breast pocket.
  • A photograph of Shirley Temple falls to the ground as he presents a credit card to the boys.
  • FIDEL
  • We don't take American Express.
  • The motorcycle returns to stop in front of the trio. Rubén Zaldívar, suitcases in hand, climbs on the back.
  • The photograph flutters as the pig and man speed off.
  • FADE OUT.