Shooting The Mafia
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.
Shooting the Mafia weaves together Battaglia’s striking black-and-white photographs, rare archival footage, classic Italian films, and the now 84-year-old’s own memories, to paint a portrait of a remarkable woman whose bravery and defiance helped expose the Mafia’s brutal crimes.
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 Dreamcatcher opened at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it earned Longinotto the World Cinema Documentary Directing Award.
The screening is presented by charity Birds’ Eye View’s Reclaim The Frame initiative: A mission to bring ever-greater audiences to films by women to widen and enrich cinema’s perspective of the world, backed by the British Film Institute’s Audience Fund. To join the #ReclaimTheFrame mission and receive free cinema tickets, discount codes and other film goodies go to Bit.ly/BEVRTF
After the film we will be joined Dr Gigliola Sulis (Associate Professor of Italian at the University of Leeds), and Dr Xavier L’Hoiry (Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at Sheffield University) for a discussion about themes raised in the film – to be chaired by Director of Birds Eye View, Mia Bays.