Irish documentary Shooting The Mafia is getting some incredible reviews
Looks like a must-watch.
In the same week that The Irishman lands on Netflix, we are spoiled for choice with organised crime movies that have a particular Irish connection.
Shooting The Mafia tells the incredible life story of Sicilian photojournalist Letizia Battaglia - the first female photojournalist in Italy who captured the worst of the Cosa Nostra in the 1980s.
The movie was backed by Screen Ireland, as is produced by Westport producer Niamh Fagan and directed by documentary legend Kim Longinotto.
You can check out some of the movie's very positive reviews here:
RogerEbert.com - "In the end, Shooting the Mafia is about recognizing Battaglia as a woman of immense bravery and unflappable individuality.
"She has seen a great deal of sadness in the world, and captured it in a way that combines art, journalism, and activism. Shooting the Mafia aptly conveys Battaglia's many layers, while exemplifying the power in not looking away."
Movie Nation - "It takes guts to take on the mob in a place where its been tolerated for centuries. And sometimes the bravest of those in that fight aren’t in uniform. Some of them are still carrying a Pentax."
Los Angeles Times - "Longinotto’s film is a rollicking depiction of the wonderfully self-possessed Battaglia."
ScreenDaily - "Battaglia talks candidly as she picks over the pieces of a life that could easily stretch to more than one film."
The Guardian - "The shocking, transgressive images of dead bodies taken by photojournalist Letizia Battaglia are the stars of this revealing documentary."
Shooting The Mafia is in Irish cinemas right now, and you can check out a clip from the documentary below:
Clip via BFI