Trisha Ziff
themexicansuitcase.com
(86 mins, Mexico, 2011)

Friday, Sept 21, 7pm

The recent rediscovery in Mexico City of 4,500 unique negatives from the Spanish Civil War by legendary photojournalists David “Chim” Seymour, Gerda Taro and Robert Capa is the focus of Trisha Ziff’s remarkable and timely exploration of the nature of political commitment and the enduring power of national trauma. Once thought lost to oblivion, this treasure trove of astonishing images not only provides fresh perspectives on the war that redefined the role of the media in wartime, it also permits Ziff to examine the present-day legacies of the war in Spain and of Republican exile in Mexico.

Introduction and Q&A by director Trisha Ziff.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; the Lino Novas Calvo Speaker Fund; the Latino-Latin American Studies Program; the New York State Council on the Arts’ Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds grant program (administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes).


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