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Shooting the Mafia

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Kim Longinotto (Dreamcatcher) sketches a captivating portrait of defiant Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia, whose extraordinary work recorded the Mafia’s violent crimes.

Dir Kim Longinotto
Prod Niamh Fagan
With Letizia Battaglia
UK Distribution Modern Films
With partial English subtitles (some scenes are not in the English language)

There was little to hint at Letizia Battaglia’s skill as a crime-scene photographer. In her 40s, stuck in a stuffy bourgeois household and battling with depression, she took a job as a photographer for a Palermo-based newspaper. Planning to document ordinary people’s lives, she soon found herself recording the reign of terror inflicted on the city’s inhabitants by the Mafia. Those photographs are, by turns, visually dazzling and shocking. Narrated by Battaglia, who is now in her 80s, Shooting the Mafia combines archive footage from the era when Palermo was besieged by the Cosa Nostra, alongside details of the photographer’s intrepid personal life. It’s a poignant and inspiring account of a free-spirited woman profoundly attached to her city and ready to fight for it regardless of the danger to her own life.

Laure Bonville

Festival guests

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  • Kim Longinotto, director.

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Additional information

This is a 18+ screening.

See details of Screen Talk: Kim Longinotto.

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