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Kim Longinotto

The Mafia – part of the state

Kim Longinotto: Shooting the Mafia

LETIZIA BATTAGLIA: She has never presented herself as Italy's "mafia photographer". Battaglia took pictures of Palermo, she says in the film – a city where the mafia is part of daily life.

What about Italy?

: The Italian author Roberto Saviano is sitting directly opposite me, four meters away in a black armchair. In the side scenes hidden behind the curtains, a large man in black stands on either side – with his hands crossed, armed, constantly on the lookout.

The struggle for survival

: British filmmaker Kim Longinotto is making documentaries about rebellious outsiders, in which women fighting for their own survival are the celebrated protagonist.