Sicilian 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 ditch traditional family life and become a
photojournalist, she found herself on the front lines during one of the
bloodiest chapters in Italy’s recent history. She fearlessly and
artfully captured everyday Sicilian life —from weddings and funerals to
the grisly murders of ordinary citizens— to tell the narrative of the
community she loved forced into silence by the Cosa Nostra.
She was born in London in 1952 and studied Cinematography and Film
Direction at Beaconsfield’s National Film and Television School (NFS)
Since 1978, she has made numerous documentaries which focus above all on
rebels and outsiders, like The Good Wife of Tokyo (1992), Rock Wives (1996) and Divorce Iranian Style (1998), which screened in the Time of History section of the Valladolid Festival. Four years later, the same section showed The Day I will Never Forget, which bagged a second prize. Her multiawarded filmography includes titles like Sisters in Law (2005), Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go and Rough Aunties (both from 2008), Pink Saris (2010), Salma (2013), Love Is All (2014) or Dreamcatcher (2015).
Saturday 19: Broadway Cinemas, room 9, 19.15 hours
Sunday 20: Broadway Cinemas, room 5, 11.30 hours