Reel Life - The Mexican Suitcase


'Where does an exile belong?' 4,500 lost negatives found their way home 70 years later in the compelling story of The Mexican Suitcase. A lot of us here in the community are familiar or have heard about it. For those who are only hearing it now, you're in for a ride.

Poster for The Mexican Suitcase

The Mexican Suitcase is a documentary by director/producer Trisha Ziff. It features the stories of fabled war photographers Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and David Seymour and the long winding road that led to the discovery of thousands of images that was once lost. It's riddled with mystery, history, as well as hardship as it addresses a dark time in Spain's history.

Trailer for The Mexican Suitcase

Capa, Taro, and Seymour are just a few photographers who documented the raging civil war in Spain (1936-1939.) It was truly a dark and devastating time and the photos that came from the suitcase were proof of it. The film did not shy away from revisiting this terrible period in the country's history but rather confronted it as it was a vital part of the whole story.

History, art, documentary, tragedy -- all of these things intertwine in the methodical storytelling of The Mexican Suitcase. There is much to learn about the lives of these extraordinary photographers, the road to discovery of the negatives, and so on with every minute that goes by. Ziff gave voice to stories that sat in silence for 70 long years with this documentary.

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written by cheeo on 2017-11-27 #videos #documentary #reel-life #robert-capa #spanish-civil-war #gerda-taro #david-seymour #the-mexican-suitcase #trisha-ziff


  1. guanatos
    guanatos ·

    These are the type of stories that restore my faith in humanity. I saw the exhibition in Barcelona a few years back and the images are amazing.

  2. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    Capa and his photography is great. I find the trailer strange, though. So what's th deal with the suitcase? There could have been such a trigger line with its discovery...

  3. phillipcejudo
    phillipcejudo ·

    Thank you for posting it.

    I have seen a endless amount of films and photos that are computer generated. Many of them have been inspiring. Some of them have been informative many more have been misleading. The photos at the beginning of this movie preview some of those are good, I think.

    I wonder how many if any people who are generating motions pictures and still images, do so to make them as good as they can make them. Without a umbrella of reason but at random from a personal inspired or of some personal convition.

    CGA is amazing and it has been shown that those images and mvies can be made to fill a forest in less time than ever before. How about the deep regard ?

    I will say this, it is a pictural evolution of what viewers find convincing today and primitive tomorrow.

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