SHOOTING THE MAFIA

By Kim LONGINOTTO

SCREEN IRELAND / FÍS ÉIREANN - as FIN

Documentary - Completed 2019


Festivals
& Awards

Sundance Film Festival 2019
World Cinema Documentary Competition
Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2019
Panorama
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • IRELAND, USA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Duration
    • 94 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kim LONGINOTTO
    • Synopsis
    • 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 Corleonesi family 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 every-day Sicilian life—from weddings and funerals to the brutal murders of women and children—to tell the narrative of the community she loved forced into silence.