Theater of Cruelty

Kim Longinotto

The Mafia – part of the state

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 sits opposite me, four meters away in a black armchair. In the side scenes hidden behind the curtains stands a black-clad large man on each side – with his hands crossed, armed, constantly on the lookout.

The struggle for survival

British filmmaker Kim Longinotto makes documentary films about rebellious outsiders, where women fighting for their own survival are the celebrated protagonist.