Shooting the Mafia

Directed by Kim Longinotto
Ireland, USA
94 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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The life and powerful work of gutsy Italian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia is captured in this bold documentary from prizewinning UK filmmaker Kim Longinotto.

Born in Palermo, Sicily, Battaglia took up photojournalism in her 30s, after a teenage marriage ended in divorce. She began to focus on the activities of the Cosa Nostra in her hometown. Battaglia's stark black and white photographs captured the victims; not just the corpses strewn on the street, but also the grief-stricken relatives. In the mid-1980s to '90s, as the Mafia's campaign of violence and intimidation grew (culminating in the death of investigating magistrate Giovanni Falcone), she switched her focus to politics, working as a Green Party councillor. Filmmaker Longinotto (Salma, Rough Aunties, SFF 2009; Sisters in Law, SFF 2005) has found a laudable addition to her chronicle of vibrant women in the impassioned and fiercely independent 80-something Battaglia.

Longinotto…whose works feature the uncompromising risks women around the world have taken to confront violence and injustice, creates a dynamic portrait that succeeds brilliantly for its finely curated and edited elements of rare archival footage…and stills from the enormous archives of Battaglia’s work.
Les Roka, The Utah Review
Director Kim Longinotto’s unerring eye for a great subject is underlined by 'Shooting The Mafia'.
– Allan Hunter, Screen International


Sun 9 June
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 June
Dendy Opera Quays Cinema 2
Past Event Cancel
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International Documentaries
Unclassified 15+
Ireland, USA
In English and Italian with English subtitles
Kim Longinotto
Niamh Fagan
Kim Longinotto
Ollie Huddleston
Australian Premiere
Documentary, Crime, Seniors, Women Directors, Arts, Biography, Focus on Women
Company Credits
World Sales: MetFilm Sales
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