Dir: Kim Longinotto, Ire/US, 2019, 94 mins, English & Italian dialogue with subtitles
In her 40s, stuck in a stuffy household and battling depression, Letizia Battaglia took a job as a photographer for a Palermo newspaper. Planning to document ordinary people’s lives, she instead found herself recording the reign of terror inflicted on the city by the Mafia. Her photographs of the period are astonishing; visually dazzling, their cool, honest depiction of the brutality metered out to her fellow citizens still feels taboo. An inspiring account of a woman so loyal to her city and the need to document its reality, she disregarded the danger to her own life.