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The Motorcycle Diaries screening on April 10

SXU Film Series wraps up with movie based on Che Guevara's memoirs

Chicago (March 23, 2007) – A screening of Walter Salles’ 2004 award-winning film The Motorcycle Diaries will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Saint Xavier University’s McGuire Hall, 3700 W. 103rd St., Chicago.

The screening, which is free and open to the public, concludes the 2006-2007 annual SXU Cinema of the Americas Film Series. 

The film is based on the memoirs of Che Guevara, an Argentinean medical student turned revolutionary leader of the Cuban Revolution. In his memoirs, Guevara (played by Gael García Bernal) recounts adventures with his best friend Alberto Granada (Rodrigo De la Serna) while traveling across South America by motorcycle in the early 1950s. 

The Motorcycle Diaries won awards at the Cannes Film Festival, the Academy Awards, the British Independent Film Awards, and the Independent Spirit Awards, among others.

The film is 126 minutes and will be projected by DVD. The series is sponsored by Saint Xavier’s College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Art and Design, and the Illinois Arts Council. For more information, please contact Alison Fraunhar at fraunhar@sxu.edu or (773) 298-3083 


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News & World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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