Shooting the Mafia

Shooting the Mafia

Sicilian Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at a brutally slain victim. A woman whose passions led her to ditch traditional family life and become a photojournalist, she found herself on the front lines during one of the bloodiest chapters in Italy’s recent history. She fearlessly and artfully captured everyday Sicilian life—from weddings and funerals to the grisly murders of ordinary citizens—to tell the narrative of the community she loved forced into silence by the Cosa Nostra. SHOOTING THE MAFIA weaves together Battaglia’s striking black-and-white photographs, rare archival footage, classic Italian films, and the now 84-year-old’s own memories, to paint a portrait of a remarkable woman whose whose bravery and defiance helped expose the Mafia’s brutal crimes.

Credits
Written & directed by
Kim Longinotto
Country
Ireland/USA
Year
2019
Length
97'
Editor
Ollie Huddleston
WIth
Letizia Battaglia
Production Company
Screen Ireland / Lunar Pictures
Produced by
Niamh Fagan
Sound Design
Michelle Fingleton
Music
Ray Harman
Sales Agent
Charades