Letizia Battaglia - Shooting the Mafia
by Kim Longinotto, Ireland, US 2019, 94'
SOUND: Michelle Fingleton   PRODUCER: Niamh Fagan in association with Laura Poitras, Charlotte Cook (Field of Vision) 
SOUNDTRACK: Ray Harman   EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Dan Cogan, Jenny RaskinGeralyn White Dreyfous (Impact Partners) Lesley McKimm (Screen Ireland) Elena Foster Patty Quillin Regina K. Scully 
EDITING: Ollie Huddleston   LANGUAGE: VO: Italian; SUB: English

Schermo dell'Arte - Archivio Film   Presented at Lo schermo dell'arte 2019

English director Kim Longinotto is known for films about women who fight oppression
and discrimination. Her latest feature is dedicated to Palermo photographer Letizia Battaglia. Born in 1935, Battaglia began her photojournalism career in 1969 with the defunct Palermo newspaper L’Ora. In 1974, she began to document the mafia murders which devastated the city. She recalls those events, and the scars that the violence left on her and her colleagues.Driven to fight the mafia’s power and raise public awareness, she was on the front line with reportage and exhibitions. She became engaged in politics, and held various positions in the Municipality of Palermo and in the Regione Sicilia. The film is an intimate portrait of a great artist and photojournalist, a determined and courageous woman who sacrificed personal relationships to fight evil in her country and in her beloved city of a thousand contradictions. Through her photos, mostly black and white, she shows misery and splendor, traditions, women and children, streets and neighborhoods, festivity and mourning, daily life and the faces of power.
Kim Longinotto 
known for films that focus on female outsiders and rebels. After being homeless, she enrolled at Essex University to study literature and writing. She followed her friend,
future director Nick Broomfield, to the National Film and Television School. In 1988, with Claire Hunt, she founded the production company Vixen Film.


Video introduction by Alessandra Fredianelli

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