Shooting the Mafia

About

In the streets of Sicily, beautiful, gutsy Letizia Battaglia pointed her camera straight into the heart of the Mafia that surrounded her and began to shoot. The striking, life-threatening photos she took documenting the rule of the Cosa Nostra define her career.

Battaglia was quite the catch. She married young and had children, yet her restless spirit refused to renounce her passions. Breaking with tradition, she devoted herself to photojournalism. Battaglia’s lens was defiant: though her life was in danger she fearlessly captured everyday Sicilian life—from weddings and funerals to the brutal murders of women and children—to tell the narrative of the community she loved that had been forced into silence.

In Shooting the Mafia, Sundance Film Festival alumna and master filmmaker Kim Longinotto breaks from her vérité past and stunningly weaves together Battaglia’s heart-wrenching black-and-white photographs, rare archival film, and candid conversations with Battaglia herself. This audacious documentary brings grit, texture, and critical new perspective to Battaglia’s work and dismantles the romantic narrative of the Sicilian Mafia from the perspective of someone who lived inside it.

YEAR 2019

CATEGORY World Cinema Documentary Competition

COUNTRY Ireland/U.S.A.

RUN TIME 94 min

LANGUAGE English and Italian

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles

COMPANY Lunar Pictures

EMAIL Niamh@lunarpictures.ie

PHONE +353 872424138

Credits

Director
Producer
Editor
Archival Producer
Archive Researchers
Translation
Composer
Sound Designer
Sound Recordist
Interviews
Executive Producers

Artist Bio

Kim Longinotto

Kim Longinotto films rebels and outsiders, from a family court in Tehran to Indian female pioneers. Her many award-winning films include Divorce Iranian Style; Gaea Girls; Runaway; The Day I Will Never Forget; Sisters in Law; Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go; Rough Aunties; Pink Saris; Salma; and Love Is All. Her documentary Dreamcatcher opened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it earned Longinotto the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award.