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Shooting the Mafia (2019)

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Critic Consensus: It may not peer as closely or inquisitively as it could have, but Shooting the Mafia pays affectionate tribute to an important -- and fascinating -- subject.

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Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at a brutally slain victim. A woman whose passions led her to abandon traditional family life and become a photojournalist in the 1970s--the first female photographer to be employed by an Italian daily newspaper--Battaglia 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 how the community she loved in her native Palermo was forced into silence by the Cosa Nostra. Weaving together Battaglia's striking black-and-white photographs, rare archival footage, classic Italian films, and the now 84-year-old's own memories, Shooting the Mafia paints a portrait of a remarkable woman whose whose bravery and defiance helped expose the Mafia's brutal crimes.

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Kim Longinotto tells the revealing story of the courageous Italian photographer and photojournalist Letizia Battaglia...

November 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Initially feels like something a bit different for the director, but the subject matter is fascinating.

November 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The unfocused yet still engaging documentary "Shooting the Mafia" is a compelling curiosity.

November 28, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

You'll come out of the film knowing as much about the Sicilian Mafia - maybe more - than the photographer who made her name shooting it.

November 25, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

This candid and passionate documentary portrait, directed by Kim Longinotto, shows that Battaglia has always lived at the turbulent crossroads of history.

November 25, 2019 | Full Review…

She lets her photographs of the Sicilian mob speak for themselves, leaving a lot of room for basic questions like, "Who am I looking at in this photo, when was it taken, and what was going on when this was shot?"

November 22, 2019 | Full Review…
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