Photograph by Alex Harris

Street Battle: In a section of my book, The Idea of Cuba, I photographed the landscape of Havana as seen through the windshields of aging North American cars. On the set of CHE, I was fascinated to see these 50s era cars put to another more military use. Here UNAX UGALDE fires his rifle. UGALDE plays Little Cowboy, with NORMAN SANTIAGO (Tuma) kneeling beside him. These guerillas are battling Batista’s forces who are holed up in their garrison on the other side of the square. In real life, Little Cowboy is a legendary figure of the Cuban revolution, one of the youngest and bravest volunteers to join Che’s army.

  1. Extras from Campeche, Mexico who play rebel soldiers fighting with Che Guevara in the battle of  Santa Clara.  At the end of each day on set, extras gathered to turn in their rifles and other gear – and to relax. Photograph by Alex Harris
  2. An extra from the Mexican town of Campeche plays a rebel soldier for Steven Soderbergh's CHE.  Photograph by Alex Harris.
  3. Othello Rensoli plays Pombo. Rensoli is awaiting his next scene while other actors playing rebel soldiers practice their assault on Batista’s forces holding the town square. In real life, Pombo also fought with Che to create a revolution in Bolivia in