Shooting the Mafia

by Kim Longinotto

Storie Italiane

(Ireland, USA / 2019 / 94’)

A life outside the box: from her photography documenting victims of the Mafia to her constant political engagement, Letizia Battaglia has been a key figure in Palermo between the '70s and '90s. One cigarette after the other, the protagonist reveals her magnetic character, a woman for whom fighting is every bit as natural as breathing. Intertwining

interviews and archival testimonials, Kim Longinotto narrates the life of passionate and courageous artist, showing not just an extraordinary, nonconformist existence, but also a slice of Italian History. In the pursuit of the kind of freedom which passes through the dream of Sicily finally free from the mafia.