Erik Gandini Retrospective

Sacrificio - Who Betrayed Che Guevara

Erik Gandini, Tarik Saleh
Screening time  
27.02. / Saturday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 1  
The person who has been blamed more than any other for Che’s death is his former lieutenant, Ciro Bustos.

After a year of guerrilla warfare in Bolivia together with a small group of 52 comrades, Che Guevara was dead. His dream of uniting Latin America through armed revolution was put to an end. In history books the person who has been blamed more than any other for Che’s death is his former lieutenant, Ciro Bustos. When captured he drew Che's portrait for the Bolivian army. Since then he has been living in silence. He now appears for the first time in a documentary film. His version of the events raises questions about how history is written.


Erik Gandini

Erik Gandini, born in 1967, Sweden, is a director, producer, and writer. He has directed numerous films and documentaries highlighting Sacrificio: Who Betrayed Che Guevara? co-directed with Tarik Saleh, Surplus. Terrorized Into Being Consumers awarded in IDFA and Videocracy, award winning in Toronto and Sheffield, amongst others. ZagrebDox screened most of his films in different programs, Retrospective program included, and Gandini held the Masterclass at 12th festival edition. He is one of the founders of the Swedish production company Atmo.


Tarik Saleh

Tarik Saleh was born in Stockholm in 1972. He started his career as one of Sweden’s most prominent graffiti artists. His work as an art director led him to start the documentary magazine Alive in Cairo, Egypt, in 1995. In 2001 he co-directed Sacrificio – Who betrayed Che Guevara? with Erik Gandini, and in 2005 they co-directed the feature documentary film Gitmo - The New Rules of War, about Guantanamo Bay prisoners. He has developed several TV concepts for the Swedish Television. In 2009 he directed the animated feature Metropia which premiered as the opening film at the critics’ week in Venice. It has been screened at over 65 film festivals like Tribeca and London Film Festival and has won several awards. In 2011 Tarik Saleh directed music videos for the globally famous Lykke Li. The year 2014 marked the theatrical release of his latest feature film, crime thriller Tommy. Tarik Saleh is one of the founders of Atmo production company.

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Sacrificio - Who Betrayed Che Guevara

2001, 60'

Directed by:
Erik Gandini, Tarik Saleh

Mårten Nilsson, Lukas Eisenhauer

Edited by:
Johan Söderberg

Erik Gandini, Tarik Saleh

Produced by:
Atmo Media Network

Festivals & Awards:

It's All True – International Documentary Film Festival 2001 – First Prize; International Documentary Filmfestival of Oporto 2001 – First Prize; Festival de Nuevo Cine 2001 – Best Non-Latinamerican Documentary; One World Human Rights Film Festival 2002 – Czech Radio Award – Special Citation