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Shooting the Mafia

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Director: Kim Longinotto

Producer: Niamh Fagan,

Archive Producer: Clare Stronge

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 whose reign of fear reached as far as the Italian presidency.

Documentary / Ireland, USA & Italy / 2019 / Italian with English Subtitles / 94 min / Age: Teen+ (Images of Violence)

Festivals include, Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale Film Festival & Hot Doc Film Festival 2019

Review: Battaglia’s photography: stark, often graphic, black and white images capture a vivid sense of Palermo as a battleground filled with the casualties of poverty and crime. Her work is incredibly observant and evocative, filled with life, death, poetry and the hard truths of what she witnessed around her. - Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

World Cinema / Irish Cinema / Women in Film / Photography

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