The Mexican Suitcase trailer was shown as part of the DEVELOP Photo line-up for the first edition of the On Photography Online Film Festival, 9/29/13. The Festival was part of the FOTOWEEK in Holland, an initiative of FOAM and the Netherlands Photo Museum, and was organized by Barbera Brakel of Photo Affairs. opfestival.nl/
The Mexican Suitcase is a 90 minute feature documentary that tells the extraordinary story of the recovery of 4,500 negatives taken by photographers Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour during the Spanish Civil War, with an extraordinary score by composer Michael Nyman. The film reveals the story of the journey of these lost negatives from France to Mexico.
The Mexican Suitcase is a film about photography and pictures taken by photographers who would become icons of the twentieth century. They photographed with a Leica and changed the way we saw war. All three would die while documenting wars. The Mexican Suitcase tells their story. It is is also a film about the power of memory. It's a great story and asks... Who owns our histories? Why does the past matter today?
Bio: My name is Trisha Ziff and I directed this film. This is my second film, My first was Chevolution which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2008. I began working on film full time 5 years ago. I just love the collaborative spirit and the challenge, and working as a team makes everything so much better in my experience. I am also a curator of photography and spent the last twenty years putting together exhibitions internationally, creating catalogues, writing and editing photo books and being a Mum! Busy life... I am English in origin and live in Mexico City ...and Los Angeles. My film company is dedicated to making films which address issues of culture...especially photography.
This video is part of the DEVELOP Tube Photography Video Channel which can be found at DEVELOP Tube: Photography to Watch. DEVELOP Tube is an educational resource which features interviews, profiles, lectures & films about photojournalism, fine art photography & documentary photography.