Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: Shooting the Mafia

Digital, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 24, 2020
Price: DVD $19.99, Blu-ray $15.53
Studio: Cohen Media

Shooting the Mafia is filmmaker Kim Longinotto’s documentary film about a photojournalist who, at great personal risk, devoted herself to covering organized crime in Italy.

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, Battaglis was the first female photographer to be employed by a daily Italian newspaper. She ultimately found herself on the front lines during one of the bloodiest chapters in Italy’s recent history, capturing everyday Sicilian life – from weddings and funerals to the grisly murders of ordinary citizens – to tell the story of how the community she loved in her native Palermo was forced into silence by the Cosa Nostra.

The film weaves together Battaglia’s striking black-and-white photographs, rare archival footage, classic Italian films, and the now 84-year-old’s own memories.

Supplements on both the Blu-ray and DVD include the featurette “Conversation with Director Kim Longinotto.”

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.