Shooting the Mafia
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.