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Open Eye Gallery presents: BATTAGLIA

  • Wed, 16 Apr 2014
  • 6.30 PM - 8.30 PM
  • Location: The Bluecoat, School Lane, L1 3BX
  • Tickets: £3 / £2

Open Eye Gallery is proud to present an exclusive screening of BATTAGLIA, followed by a Q&A with director Daniela Zanzotto.

BATTAGLIA:
A journey through the life of the extraordinary Sicilian photographer and anti-Mafia activist Letizia Battaglia. A story of passion, pain and the struggle for freedom. At 37 Letizia, together with her 3 daughters, left a husband whom she had been married to since the age of 16 and became a journalist. She picked up a camera when she found that she could better sell her articles if they were accompanied by photographs and slowly discovered a burning passion for photography. After years of racing on her vespa to the crime scenes with her camera, Letizia found she had accumulated an archive of death and decay of Palermo and its citizens. She knew she had to do something about what she was witnessing and, using her photographs, became one of the first to denounce the activities of the Mafia. She then went on to be a local environmental politician, a publisher and an activist for justice. Even though Letizia has documented so much pain, decay and death, she retains an incredible passion for life. BATTAGLIA paints a uniquely intimate portrait of this warrior of a woman. The contrasts of the city of Palermo provide the background, Letizia the foreground. The style of the film matches her inexhaustible energy, and creates a story made of a collage of memory, thoughts and her award-winning black & white photographs.

Daniela Zanzotto specialises in documentary film making as director, producer and camera woman. She is also a part Disruptive Element Films and is involved in the development and production of various drama projects. Daniela grew up in Rome, Paris, Mexico City and London and is of French and Italian parents. She is now based in Brighton, UK.

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