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Doc Club: Shooting the Mafia

Doc Club Online: 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.

"A meld of portraiture and social history that is as tender, humane and generous as it is harrowing" - Sight & Sound

Available to watch directly from the distributor for £4.49. Click here to watch now

Cert: 15

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Join us after the screening for a Facebook live Q&A on the Creative Folkestone Quarterhouse page hosted by Larushka Ivan-Zadeh with acclaimed filmmaker and director of Shooting the Mafia Kim Longinotto. The Q&A will start at 9pm so we recommend you should start watching the film at 7.15pm.

Larushka Ivan-Zadeh is the chief film critic of the Metro newspaper and a director of the Deal Film Festival.

Kim Longinotto is an observational filmmaker. Longinotto’s unobtrusiveness, which is an important part of observational documentary, gives the women on camera a certain voice and presence that may not have emerged with another documentary genre.

She has received a number of awards for her films over the years, including a BAFTA for her documentary Pink Saris. Among her more than 20 films, she has followed a teenager struggling to become a wrestling star in 2000’s Gaea Girls, challenged the tradition of female genital mutilation in Kenya in 2002’s The Day I Will Never Forget, and told the story of an Indian Muslim woman who smuggled poetry out to the world while locked up by her family in 2013’s Salma. In 2015's Dreamcatcher Longinotto looks at the life and work of a former sex worker who rescues Chicago girls from the street.

Doc Club is presented in partnership with Violet Pictures.


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