Shooting the Mafia
Shooting the Mafia, The W Cinema, Sun Oct 27, 9.30pm
2 for 1 tickets: Close Friend, Best Friend & Westival Patrons
‘Compelling and moving’ – Screen International
4.5 stars – Rotten Tomatoes
Directed by Kim Longinotto and produced by Westport-based filmmaker Niamh Fagan, we present the award-winning ‘Shooting the Mafia’. Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at a brutally slain victim. Exposing the Cosa Nostra's barbaric reign, she bore unflinching witness to their crimes and has led a life continually defined by defiance and passion.
Letizia, whose passions led her to ditch traditional family life and become a photojournalist, found herself on the front lines during one of the bloodiest chapters in Italy’s recent history. She fearlessly and artfully captured everyday Sicilian life—from weddings and funerals to the grisly murders of ordinary citizens—to tell the narrative of the community she loved forced into silence by the Cosa Nostra. 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 whose bravery and defiance helped expose the Mafia’s brutal crimes.