- Awards: Best Historical Documentary @ Doc Miami Film Festival
The Mexican Suitcase tells the incredible story of the recovery of 4,500 negatives taken by famed war photographers, Robert Capa, Gerda Taro and David Seymour during the Spanish Civil War, with an extraordinary score by composer Michael Nyman.
Exiled from their respective countries Germany, Poland and Hungary, the 3 friends travelled to Spain to fight fascism with their cameras thus inventing a new type of wartime photojournalism. Their vivid frontile photography captured the brutal realities of the Spanish Civil War. Given up for lost during the war, the legendary negatives were found in Mexico City 70 years later and reveales to the public in 2007.
Ziff pads the story with the context of the Civil War and where Spain and the exiled Spanish in Mexico are at with the memory today. It's a film about photography and memory. Its about exile, and about identity and about integrity. The film shows over 300 images from the Mexican suitcase; interviews, survivors, the younger generations in Spain and Mexico as well as photographers and curators.