PAN-AMERICANISM in The Motorcycle Diaries
In the film the Motorcycle Diaries, Ernesto and Alberto travel across South America. Ernesto narrates that rather than several countries, he merely sees a large land populated by a common people. That it is impossible to see where one country starts and another begins, that everyone is affected by poverty and live quaint, honest lives that have not changed in thousands of years. Thus, he introduces the theme of Pan- Americanism, that the people and cultures are relatively similar as is the unfair condition of America’s workers. This unified cultural identity is similar to Pan-Americanism as the people that Ernesto and Alberto encounter all are suffering because of Western consumerism or the greed of large corporate companies who are exploiting the cheap labor available to them on the continent.