The Man Who Saw Too Much
The film follows famed Mexican photographer Enrique Metinides, who has spent his life documenting death, tragedy, and violence. At the age of 9, he acquired his first camera. At that time, he became curiously fixated on capturing crime scenes and accidents. This curiosity led him to a role as an unpaid assistant at a Mexican tabloid when he was 13. Being a fan of American and Mexican cinema, the visuals on-screen shaped his way of seeing the world around him.
In a world where many have become desensitized to photos of catastrophes, violence, and other dark aspects of life, Metinides images are both poignant and impactful. Director Trisha Ziff includes interviews with Metinides, his daughters, other Mexican photojournalists, Red Cross Staff; as well as others who were present or involved in some of the ‘events’ Metinides captured in his photos. There are also others in the film who see these images as a form of art. Their combined thoughts make for some interesting points of view on Metinides and his work.
His works adds an interesting commentary on how violence, tragedy, and death are part of our everyday life. Dan Gilroy, director of Nightcrawler, also appears in the film. Gilroy also makes a good point about how different the media coverage in the US is from Mexico with respect to violence, death, and tragedy. As he puts it, it’s like in the US, media would rather not show people the reality of the death, violence and tragedy in their towns.
Throughout the film, we come to know Metinides as a complex individual. Below you can hear more about the film, director Trisha Ziff, and Metinides. It is interesting to hear how Ziff’s photography background drives the documentary she makes, as well as the people she encounters while making these.
For more information about Trisha Ziff and about this film, please visit themanwhosawtoomuch.com.
**Part of this review first appeared on intheseats.ca.