The Hands of Che Guevara

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The Hands of Che Guevara
Directed byPeter de Kock
Release date
  • May 2006 (2006-05)

The Hands of Che Guevara (Dutch: De handen van Che Guevara; Spanish: Las manos de Che Guevara) is a 2006 documentary film made by Dutch film director Peter de Kock. The documentary is a search for the severed hands of the Latin American guerrilla fighter Ernesto Che Guevara.

After Guevara's execution in Bolivia in 1967, his hands were severed from his body for purposes of identification. After fingerprints were taken, the hands, and Guevara's body, disappeared. In 1997 the body was found buried under a landing strip in Vallegrande, Bolivia.[1] Guevara's hands were not found in the grave, and it is not clear what became of them after his death, although some accounts indicate they were sent to Cuba by Antonio Arguedas.[2][3]

The film attempts to answer the question of their location.

There is also a book of the same title. It is called Las Manos de Guevara (The Hands of Che Guevara), written by Evgenii Dolmatovskii. It was published in 1974 by Planeta.[4]


  1. ^ Monday, Feb. 23, 1970 (1970-02-23). "Bolivia: Accusing Hands". TIME. Archived from the original on September 13, 2009. Retrieved 2012-02-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link) CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "12/18/95 - Bolivian General Reveals Che Guevara's Burial Site". The Militant. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  3. ^ "CABINET // America in Autumn". Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  4. ^ "Las Manos de Guevara (The Hands of Guevara) // Dolmatovskii, Evgenii". Planeta. Retrieved 2012-02-10.

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