Shooting the Mafia /
Shooting the Mafia
It was Letizia Battaglia’s camera lens that first exposed the atrocities committed by the Sicilian mafia. A daring trailblazer, the photojournalist captured the Cosa Nostra in black and white and told the world the truth about the complete devaluation of human life, the ritual murders, and the mafia’s absolute control of society and economy through constant threats. Battaglia, a housewife who got fed up with an oppressive marriage, divorced her husband and turned to photography almost by accident (“before that, I wasn’t even human”). She continued her fight against the mafia in her political career and led an unorthodox lifestyle, which included a series of young lovers. Her life and work are interwoven with scenes from big-screen classics, in a film that, at times, feels too much like a blood-chilling thriller to be a documentary.