Trisha Ziff, Director of "The Mexican Suitcase": A Talk and Film Screening

October 31, 2012


Film on Wednesday, Nov. 14; Ziff will speak Thursday, Nov. 15


TACOMA, Wash. – Guggenheim scholar, curator, director, and filmmaker Trisha Ziff will give a free, public talk about her 2011 film The Mexican Suitcase at University of Puget Sound on Thursday, Nov. 15. The 5 p.m. event will be held in Wyatt Hall, Room 101.

 A resident of Mexico City and veteran curator of photography, Ziff made her name in filmmaking with her 2008 directorial debut Chevolution. The documentary follows the strange journey of Alberto Korda’s iconic photograph of Che Guevara—from revolutionary symbol to advertising logo to a sweatshirt image worn by young people who did not even know who the man was.

Ziff’s second film, The Mexican Suitcase, tells the story of 4,500 lost photographic negatives from  the 1936–39 Spanish Civil War, taken by photographers Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and David 'Chim' Seymour. Discovered 70 years later in a closet in Mexico City, the negatives offered a new perspective on the war and insight into the young photojournalists, some of whom ddddied documenting it. Ziff was personally involved in obtaining the negatives, which are now preserved in the International Center of Photography in New York.

Ziff describes the 90-minute documentary as being about “the power of memory” and the importance of history’s documentation. The film asks the questions: “Who owns our histories?” and “Why does the past matter today?”

The Mexican Suitcase will be screened the day before Ziff’s public talk—on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m., in Rausch Auditorium, Room 003, McIntyre Hall. A question and answer session with the director will follow.

Trisha Ziff has worked as a curator of photographic exhibits for more than 20 years. Her exhibitions have been shown at international museums including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, California Museum of Photography, International Center of Photography in New York, and Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City. She has organized shows of Mexican contemporary photography, of the Bloody Sunday incident in Ireland, and of the famous image of Che Guevara.

Currently Ziff is working on her third film, Pirate Copy, which looks at the industry of pirateria, the illegal downloading and reproduction of film. The documentary takes a global approach, raising issues of authors’ rights and copyright.

The Trisha Ziff lecture and the film screening are sponsored by the Hispanic Studies Program, Catherine Gould Chism Fund, and the Seattle Latino Film Festival. The events are part of Puget Sound’s 8th Annual Hispanic Film Festival (Sept. 12–Nov. 15) and of the Telling Stories/Recovering the Past series (Sept. 26–Nov. 15) of films and lectures.

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Photo on page: Top right: Trisha Ziff; Above left: a Spanish Civil War negative from The Mexican Suitcase film.

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