February 28, 2020
Independent distribution and production company Cohen Media Group has set a March 24 home release date for Shooting the Mafia, a documentary by award-winning director Kim Longinotto.
The documentary will be available on both Blu-ray Disc and DVD at suggested retail prices of $34.98 and $22.98, respectively. It also will be available on digital platforms.
Shooting the Mafia details the story of Sicilian photographer Letizia Battaglia, who began a lifelong battle with the Mafia when she first dared to point her camera at a slain victim. A woman whose passions led her to abandon traditional family life and become a photojournalist in the 1970s — she the first female photographer to be employed by a daily Italian newspaper — Battaglia found herself on the front lines during one of the bloodiest chapters in Italy’s recent history as she continues to document the life and crimes of the Mafia.
She fearlessly captured 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.
Nominated for best documentary at nine international film festivals, Shooting the Mafia won awards at the Biografilm Festival in Bologna, Italy, and the Batumi International ArtHouse Film Festival in Georgia.
Both the Blu-ray Disc and DVD versions of Shooting the Mafia include the featurette “Conversation with Director Kim Longinotto.”