Directed by Kim Longinotto
Kim Longinotto films rebels and outsiders, from a family court in Tehran to Indian female pioneers.
Her many award-winning films include Divorce Iranian Style; Gaea Girls; Runaway; The Day I Will Never Forget; Sisters in Law; Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go; Rough Aunties; Pink Saris; Salma; and Love Is All. Her documentary Dreamcatcheropened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it earned Longinotto the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award.
2018 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection
69th Berlin International Film Festival Panorama
2019 Dublin International Film Festival Official Selection
“The Best Movies of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival” Wrap
"Wonderful film. An intimate portrait of Letizia Battaglia, an exceptional woman, whose photography of the chaos sown by the Mafia helped bring change to Sicily.”
Los Angeles Times
“A compelling and moving documentary ”
"Longinotto’s tribute to Battaglia is engaging and inspiring"
“Some of the most arresting documentary work of the past few decades.”
Little White Lies
"A lavish in-depth love letter to Italian photographer and activist Letizia Battaglia... She is always
charming and inspirational, living as a strong, independent woman in a crushing patriarchy."
"Shooting the Mafiashows that one’s bravery–even if they’re
only doing their job–can make a difference."
Solzy At The Movies
Shooting the Mafia
IN CINEMAS ACROSS THE UK & IRELAND 29 NOV
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 Cosa Nostra 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 everyday Sicilian life—from weddings and funerals to the brutal murders of women and children—to tell the narrative of the community she loved that had been forced into silence.
Master filmmaker Kim Longinotto breaks from her vérité past and stunningly weaves together Battaglia’s heart-wrenching black-and-white photographs, rare archival film, and candid conversations with Battaglia herself. This audacious documentary brings grit, texture, and critical new perspective to Battaglia’s work and dismantles the romantic narrative of the Sicilian Mafia from the perspective of someone who lived inside it.
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