Shooting the Mafia

dir. Kim Longinotto 2018 Ireland, USA 94 min.
2019 – Berlin IFF, 2019 – Dublin IFF, 2019 – Thessalonniki IFF, 2019 – Sundance FF
A film portrait of Letizia Battaglia, a photographer living by her own rules.

In sharp contrast to the all pervasive romanticised and glamorised media image of the Sicilian Mafia, Kim Longinotto's feature documentary ”Shooting the Mafia”, unflinchingly explores the stark reality of life, and death, under the oppressive yoke of the Corleonesi Mafia. Photographer Letizia Battaglia stood up to the Mafia and it is through her lens that we enter this world of ritualised slaughter, omertà, semi-religious oppression and feudal control. The scale of the mafia’s brutality and power is revealed through a combination of rare archive footage, newsreel and personal photographs and memories. The power of Letizia's photography and the bravery and dedication of people like her helped to finally bring to an end the brutal reign of a bunch of small town thugs who's reign of fear reached as far as the Italian presidency.”

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