Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Shooting the Mafia (2019) Fantasia 2019

When I ask “what is SHOOTING THE MAFIA doing at Fantasia?” I don’t mean it as a slap. It is more a question of what is a film that belongs at festivals such as New York, Toronto or DOC NYC doing at a genre festival? I’ll be hard pressed to know but I really don’t care because it put the film on my radar and yours as well.

The film is a portrait of photographer Letizia Battaglia who over the last several decades has chronicled life in and around her town in Italy and whose photos became a means of chronicling the death and destruction that the Mafia was doing to all levels of society. A fighter for social justice she became a recognizable presence at various protests with her bright red hair.

Transcending being just a film about a photographer and her work, SHOOTING THE MAFIA is in reality a history of Italy during the life and career of Letizia Battaglia. Through her photographs and her memories we are walked through history for the last three or four decades. Its an eye opening journey that makes this a truly great film.

If you are at Fantasia and want something that is a kind of palate cleanse from all the genre madness this is a must. If you are not at Fantasia this is a film to put on your must see list since I’m guessing that this is going to end up at many of the big late year festivals and even possibly in the mix for the Oscar.

SHOOTING THE MAFIA played earlier tonight and replays July 25th. for tickets and more information go here

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