Award-winning photographer Miyako Ishiuchi travels to Mexico to inventory iconic artist Frida Kahlo's wardrobe and personal belongings when they're suddenly discovered 58 years after her death. Kahlo left behind a wealth of possessions in nearly mint condition—traditional Oaxacan costumes, exquisite embroideries, ornately painted braces, even nail polish and pills—that hint at how she lived. A documentary where fashion and "women's work" are given the respect and importance they deserve, The Legacy of Frida Kahlo captures the artistic process as it unfolds between two artists and two worlds: Japan and Mexico, the living and the dead. Evocative scenes shot on the Day of the Dead add a stirring emotional element to this artistic itemization, and give the impression that bringing back the dead through their second skins—their clothing, talismans and traditions—is well within grasp if the breeze and light are just right. Angie Driscoll
Co-presented by Textile Museum of Canada.