'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.
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.
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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