Transcript: Shooting the Mafia | May 11, 2021

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Logo: Fis Eireann Screen Ireland.

Logo: Lunar Pictures.

(PROJECTOR WHIRRING)
(MAN SHOUTING IN ITALIAN)

A black and white clip shows images of a woman smiling at the camera.

(CHATTERING IN ITALIAN)

(CHATTERING IN ITALIAN)
(HORN HONKING)

A clip shows images of the streets of Palermo, Sicily.

(CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING)

A red-haired woman takes pictures of a group of kids playing soccer on the streets.

(WOMAN SPEAKING ITALIAN:)

The woman says "I began taking pictures when I was 40. At first, the pictures were terrible. As they got better, I slowly fell in love with it. I loved the way I could express myself with the camera rather than writing. It was the start of a love story. I loved being a photographer, showing what I'd seen, what I felt inside."

A caption reads "Letizia Battaglia."

Letizia is in her mid-eighties, with straight red hair in a bob cut with bangs. She wears a black top and black cardigan sweater.

She sits outside a café and says "The camera changed my life. I began to find myself. Before that, I wasn't a real person. Life's been good to me. I'm glad to have some fight left. I don't bow down to bullying or injustice. That's make a good photo -that boy in the fountain. Photography is very important to me. It moves me. My work forced me... into another world. I saw that the Mafia and political corruption caused so much poverty."

Pictures of mafia crimes and poor people in slums appear.

(LOWING)
(LOWING)

A black and white clip shows a man shooting a cow.

(AIR GUN FIRING)

Another clip shows members of the mafia working at an illegal slaughter house.

The narrator says THERE IS NOTHING
WITH ANY MONEY IN IT THAT THE
MAFIA WON'T TOUCH.
THEY RUN THE ILLEGAL SLAUGHTER
HOUSES, WHERE CATTLE IS
BUTCHERED AGAINST THE LAW.
THEY CONTROL THE MEAT MARKET.
THEY RAISE AND FIX THE PRICES.
THEY'RE IN THE FISH MARKET,
THE FRUIT MARKET, THE GREENS
MARKET.
THEY CONTROL THE CONCESSIONS
FOR FUNERALS AND THERE IS
PROFIT EVEN IN THE FUNERALS
OF THE POOR.
EVEN THE CEMETERIES ARE
CONTROLLED BY THE MAFIA, AND
FOR THOSE WHO CAN'T PAY, THERE
IS NO RESTING PLACE.
AFTER EIGHT YEARS, THEIR BONES
ARE DUG UP TO MAKE ROOM FOR
THOSE WHO HAVE JUST DIED.

(LETIZIA SPEAKING ITALIAN:)

Letizia says "There was a lot of Mafia in this neighbourhood. Perhaps they're still here. A poor kind of Mafia that did the bosses' dirty work, did their murders. I took some good pictures here, of women and children. Wonderful. This woman had 3 children. One was a new-born baby. She was tired, she'd been washing the stairs. During the night a rat ate his finger. She slept through the baby's crying. The next day, the baby's finger was gone."

The name of the film reads "Shooting the Mafia."

A picture appears that show 3 people, two men and a woman, shot dead on couches and the floor of a sitting room.

Letizia says "This picture's special to me. A few years after I took it, I got a phone call from the curator of a gallery. She asked me to take it down. A girl had come to the exhibition, recognized her mother in the photo and fainted. I said 'Of course, take it down.' The mother was a prostitute, these were her gay friends. She wasn't killed for being a prostitute. She'd started selling drugs. She'd broken the Mafia rules. She'd tried to go it alone."

(SPEAKING ITALIAN)

Letizia greets people as she walks through a crowd on the street and takes pictures with fans.

(SPEAKING ITALIAN)

A man says HEY, LETIZIA!

(SPEAKING ITALIAN)

(WOMAN SPEAKING ITALIAN:)

The caption changes to "Mariachiara. Letizia's assistant."

Mariachiara is in her thirties, with short wavy brown hair and wears a white shirt.

She says "Letizia is a legend. A flash of red hair bobbing up and down at rallies. She'd always cause a stir. For me, as a child, she was a powerful figure. She stood out in the crowd. When I first saw her archive, I was shocked. I'd always been afraid of her photos, but then I realised they are our history. I held a print in my hand. I looked up at Letizia. I knew I never wanted to leave her."

(SPEAKING ITALIAN)

Letizia takes pictures at a protest. A sign reads "The Mafia kills. So does silence."

(CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING)

(MAN SPEAKING ITALIAN:)

A fan takes a picture with her and says "Thank you. Thank you for your life."

Several gruesome pictures of Mafia's victims appear.

(LETIZIA SPEAKING ITALIAN:)

Letizia "There were times when fear took over. I don't want to think about pain. My photos of the Mafia, of the dead – I wanted to burn them. I could almost hear the plastic burning. I dreamed of burning my negatives, but I have no right. I want to take away the beauty that others see in them. I want to destroy them."

A black and white clip shows images of children playing cards as they smoke and drink liquor.

(CHILDREN SPEAKING ITALIAN)
(SPEAKING ITALIAN)
(CHILDREN SPEAKING ITALIAN)

Letizia says "Kids dream of being important. Perhaps being a killer is a game, but it's how they hope to be powerful. The killer is a symbol for them."

The Narrator says ALL OF THE BOYS
HOPE THAT, SOME DAY, THEY CAN
JOIN THE MAFIA.
THEY WANT TO BE SOMEONE.
THEY WANT OTHERS TO LOOK UP TO
THEM AND RESPECT THEM.

(music plays)

Pictures show images of armed children on the streets.

(MAN SINGING IN ITALIAN)

Letizia says "It was a man's world, women were subject to their rules. I was a happy child. Life for me was riding bikes, running happily around town, riding with my legs on the handlebars. One day, I went out in Palermo. It was the first time I'd left the house. The first time... a man exposed himself and masturbated. I didn't know about things like that. I ran home in shock. I wasn't allowed out any more. They stopped me from living, from growing. I was stunted. My father forced me to stay at home. He took away my freedom. All my dreams were shattered like a china cup on the floor."

She sighs and says "Why do such small things make us suffer all our lives? That awful man in the shadows. To have a father who controlled your whole life, I couldn't even go on the balcony in case a man saw me. All fathers at that time were obsessed. They were scared of other men who'd take their daughter away. They sent me to the nuns, a posh school.
I had to curtsey 8 times. That made me an atheist straight away. We women longed for freedom so much back then."

(MAN SINGING SOFTLY IN ITALIAN)

Pictures of a handsome man appear.

Letizia says "We met on the street. I'd gone out for milk. He was wealthy, 8 years older than me. I thought I'd get married, be happy, have lots of kids, be free. I ran away with him. I was a virgin. His aunt came to check... the sheets. She said 'You'll do.' She'd found blood stains. 'You'll do.' She told his whole family. I was a virgin, taken by a strong man. Perfect."

(MAN SINGING SOFTLY IN ITALIAN)

(WOMAN SINGING IN ITALIAN)

Letizia says "At 16, I married the first boy who asked me. I had lovely children but it was an unhappy marriage. I wanted to go to school. My husband wouldn't let me. I didn't want to be just a mother. If only he'd let me study. But he thought it wasn't proper for a young woman. I got ill. Mentally ill. I had a kind of heart attack. I was suffocating. There was a lot of violence. When a man sees his wife wants to leave, he lashes out. I ended up in a clinic in Switzerland. They said I'd need to stay for 2 years because I was so ill. I became a restless woman."

Home videos show images of the couple's family life.

(UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING)

Letizia says "I started looking at other men. 1 man, 2 men, 50 men... It was my struggle to be somebody. To be a person with her own desires, breaking free from her old life."

(SINGING IN ITALIAN)
(MEN SINGING IN ITALIAN)

(MAN SPEAKING ITALIAN:)

The caption changes to "Santi. Photographer and Letizia's ex-lover."

Santi is in his early seventies, with short straight hair and a shadow of a beard. He wears glasses and a white shirt.

He says "Letizia was beautiful. She attracted men like flypaper. We'd walk on opposite sides of the street so people wouldn't see us together. I'd pass someone who'd just seen her. She had this loose way of walking. She'd walk towards you. People would call out to her. Once, I passed an annoying guy. I barged into him. I could've got into a fight!"

Letizia and Santi meet at the café.

(LETIZIA SPEAKING ITALIAN:)

Letizia says "So, Santi... How old were you?"

(SANTI SPEAKING ITALIAN:)

Santi says "I was nearly 20."

Letizia says "You were 19. I was this big whore."

Santi says "No, you weren't."

Letizia says "How old was I?"

Santi says "You were 32."

(music plays)

Santi says "We met in Rome. Letizia arrived with her girls. We started looking at each other. We connected immediately. I went back to Palermo with them. We were in a car. We shared a cigarette. Our first contact was a moist cigarette. Then we began holding hands in secret. It was... complicated. She made the first move. I hesitated. She made it happen. We met in secret. I was so jealous. She was living with her husband. They had a house by the sea. They'd have holidays there. I'd get there late at night. When her husband was asleep, she'd meet me on the balcony. Very... very difficult."

Letizia says "My daughters were grown up. I wanted to change my life and just leave. I began to take control of my life. I wanted to work. I went into L'Ora newspaper. I was lucky, it was August. Everyone was on holiday, they needed help desperately. Someone who'd do a bit of everything. I wrote some articles, it felt great. I remember..."

She grabs a picture and says "Look, he doesn't have a camera, just a light meter. We shared cameras. He hasn't got a lens. He doesn't have one either. Little by little, I realised... I preferred taking photos to writing. I didn't want to be a journalist. With photography, I could tell my own story. I could feel it rather than understand it. I could express myself."

The caption changes to "Eduardo. L'Ora Journalist."

Eduardo is in his seventies, with straight brown hair and a gray beard. He wears a striped shirt.

He says "Letizia, as a young woman, was absolutely beautiful. Her beauty provoked you. When I first met Letizia, she was well known in this city. We'd all heard about her. Her husband caught her in bed with a lover. He shot him, but didn't kill him. For a short time, Letizia's life spiralled into chaos, but then she found her vocation."

(GUN FIRING)
(HORN HONKING)

Letizia says "I was happy being a photographer, the first female photographer in Italy to work for a daily paper. I felt proud, I tried to do a good job. At first... I didn't think about the Mafia. I thought I'd photograph children, women, streets... anything but the Mafia. It happened straight away. Three days after I started, I witnessed my first murder. Your first murder... never leaves you. There'd been a murder in the countryside. I started shaking. I'd never seen that. When we got there... the body had been there for days. The smell was terrible. There was an olive tree. The wind was carrying the smell. I felt that the body might move. It didn't. This was the start... of a story that lasted 19 years at the newspaper in Palermo.

Fast clips show images of Mafia fatal victims with stone in their mouths or eyeballs in their hands.

Letizia says "I'd go out with my camera. The police and everyone always pushed me aside. I'd have to yell and embarrass them. I'd shout: "The TV are allowed in... men are allowed in, why not me?" It was only later that I got their respect as a photographer."

Clips show policemen taking a dead body out of a car and putting it directly in a coffin.

Santi says "One morning, there were 3 or 4 murders. It happened all the time. I was stuck in this city. We weren't together anymore, which made it... even harder. We carried on working together, which made things very difficult."

Letizia says "I'm Sicilian, I'm still here."

Santi says "You wanted to leave too."

Letizia says "I always wanted to leave but I never have. After 50 years, what are we to each other now? I was very moved when I saw you."

Santi says "I'm always moved when I see you. I often want to be with you, to share a bed with you, to hug you. You know?"

Letizia says "Yes but... we can't have that."

Santi says "We could do it in secret."

Letizia says "We won't tell anyone. What remains... of our great love story? What's left?"

Santi says "Well... We're here, aren't we? We're still here. We still see each other. We still have a relationship. We're like family."

Letizia says "It's not all lost."

Santi says "We're like family."

Letizia says "OK."

Letizia and Santi sit on a bet together and hug.

Letizia says "True love... I don't know what that is anymore! Because things end. Love is a lie. Love is a swindle. A swindle. If it was true love, it would never end."

The caption changes to "Franco. Photographer and Letizia's ex-lover."

Franco is in his mid-sixties, with short receding gray hair and wears glasses, red trousers, and a black shirt.

He says "I came to Palermo when I was 22. Letizia was 40. She was 18 years older but it didn't matter to me."

Letizia welcomes Franco into her house.

Franco says "Hey, Letizia."

Letizia says "Hello. Come have a seat and relax."

Franco says "I've never been here before."

Letizia says "Have a look around."

Franco says "It's really big."

Letizia says "How's Palermo for you?"

Franco says "It's heartbreaking."

Letizia says "Heartbreaking? Because you're here for the rally?"

Franco says "Things have changed. I'm reminded... of my old life in Palermo. All my emotions are tangled up here. All those memories come back to life."

Letizia says "At times, there were 5 murders a day. Once there were 7, all in the same place. We'd never known a slaughter like it. It was civil war in Palermo. In one year, they killed about 1,000 people. Those years... were very painful. You could feel the oppression, the menace, one after another. It was unbearable. It was all too much. It was a dark, painful time. There was a bad atmosphere in the city. Every day, I thought they might shoot me. I got used to it, accepted it. They smashed my cameras. I was spat at. I got death threats over the phone. I got anonymous letters. It was good to be a bit crazy. It gave me courage. I am brave, I see that now."

(HELICOPTER ROTOR WHIRRING)

A clip shows a woman wailing as men carry a coffin past her window.

(WOMAN WAILING)
(WAILING IN ITALIAN)
(SIGHING)

Franco sighs and says "What do we fear? The unknown? Dying? It was dangerous out there, especially at funerals. At Mafia funerals, we had to take pictures of their friends and of the families too. They didn't want photographers there. A photographer is so exposed. At funerals, they knew who you were. It felt more threatening and dangerous."

Letizia says "I'd set the focus and speed on the camera. Then I'd cough... so they wouldn't hear the click."

(NARRATOR SPEAKING ITALIAN:)

The narrator says "For the first time, the Mafia is divided. The young Mafia is led by Luciano Liggio who's accused of many murders. Liggio has been in hiding for 14 years. His ability to avoid capture was legendary. Today that legend is shattered."

A reporter says "Mister Liggio?"

Liggio says "What a good audience."

An interviewer says "People say that since your arrest in 1975 you've controlled the Corleone Mafia from this prison through your henchmen Riina and Provenzano. What do you say?"

Liggio says "How exactly? By what means?"

(REPORTERS CLAMOURING)
(REPORTERS CLAMOURING)

Letizia says "I remember Liggio saying: 'Come, come.' I have a picture of him doing this... with that look in his eyes. 'Come here, I'll kill you.' Imagine how they felt, being photographed by a woman. Not just photographed, but by a woman. Mafia men were so arrogant. I remember Liggio. When he first walked into court, the policeman looked like the criminal. Liggio, pulling the cop behind him. Chained together. Liggio walked in front, his head held high. He looked like the boss of the court. I was shaking. Only one shot isn't blurred. I was trembling taking all the other photos, not with fear but emotion. Those bosses exuded such cruel power. I was confronting them. It was terrifying. If he could, he would have killed me."

A man says "Liggio is a bandit, a killer. He does the dirty work himself. He never leaves any witnesses alive."

Letizia says "At first, it was Mafia killing Mafia. Later, they killed men from the establishment."

A reporter asks a man at the crime scene "Did anyone see who shot Judge Scaglione?"

The man says "No?"

The reporter says "No one saw anything?"

Now a reporter asks a woman "Did you hear gunshots?"

The woman says "I did. I thought they were shooting birds, they do that sometimes. That's all it was."

Another reporter asks another woman "Were you here that morning?"

The woman says "Not at the window, I was in bed. I have a nervous condition."

Letizia says "First they killed Judge Scaglione. Then it was one after another, it was too much. We'd tune in to the police radio and rush there by moped or taxi. They murdered Judge Costa near the newspaper office. I ran, cameras swinging around my neck. When we got there, we thought he was dead. He was still alive. It was all devastating. It was a terrible time. It left deep wounds. Life for us... photographers, journalists, police... life was no longer... It's never the same. You can never be truly happy when you've lived through that horror, the pain of those left behind. Photographing trauma is embarrassing. You love these people, but you have to take photos. I couldn't tell them I was doing it with love. I look through my photos and see the name 'Letizia' on them. I don't remember taking them."

At an interview, Liggio says "Death isn't frightening. It's worse for the killers than it is for the victims. If only people realised, the killers suffer, not the victims, they might stop doing harm. I can't stand people stepping on my toes."

The interviewer says "What do you do?"

Liggio says "I don't tolerate it."

The interviewer says "If they don't stop?"

Liggio says "I tread on theirs. What should I do? Turn the other cheek, like Jesus? Where would it end? How many cheeks would I need? Those molluscs think they can become men by attacking me. They're the dregs, the bottom of the barrel. Molluscs, homosexuals. Dumped by their wives. They think they can be real men if they attack Liggio."

A narrator says "Corleone is a farming town 60km from Palermo. 15,000 inhabitants, 3,000 are unemployed. There's a hidden menace that paralyses everything. You learn more about Corleone from the graves in the cemetery. No one has ever counted the disappeared. If someone disappears, it's not reported to the police. Everyone stays quiet. This is the law of the Mafia. And the misery of Corleone."

Letizia says "One Sunday, we took my Mafia photos to Corleone. People were strolling around - mostly men, a few women. We showed our photos. There were photos of the Corleone Mafia like Liggio. It was very scary. You could feel it all around you. They call it 'The Code of Silence,' I call it fear. Everyone left the square. We were left alone with the photos."

At the exhibition, a reporter says "Was it hard to set up this exhibition?"

Letizia says "That was the easy bit. They're photos taken over 5 years. We wanted people to see them."

The reporter says "Have you had any problems?"

Letizia says "No, none. Just our own fear."

The reporter says "Have you got over it?"

Letizia says "Yes, but these are desperate times. I can feel the violence on my skin. We face it every day. Showing photos here is terrifying."

Franco says "There were times when we'd get home, we'd drive twice around the block before we parked in case someone was waiting for us.

It was difficult to be lovers... in that world. We were wrecked. Often we'd just hug and fall asleep. We were so sad and disillusioned."

Franco and Letizia go through old pictures.

Franco says "That's yours. That's yours. That's mine."

Letizia says "No, no. That's mine. That's mine."

Letizia says "The relationship wore out. I left L'Ora newspaper. I got into politics. I was less involved with him, more detached. We'd been together 18 years. He wanted other things. I could tell. I cried, it was painful. He was so young, he had to explore. There was no bitterness. When you left, did I make a fuss?"

Franco says "No, there was a lot of pain."

Letizia says "We cried. Shall we say goodbye?"

Franco says "Yes."

He kisses her on both cheeks and she laughs.

(music plays)

Letizia says "I tried to get over the pain of Franco. I had to rebuild myself. I did it on my own. I look at my photos, it's just blood, blood, blood. I wanted to get more involved. I decided... not to give up taking photos but to get into politics. I think it's so important... to have a good political class. I was no one. But I was an honest woman. I wanted to build a better society."

An Italian reporter says "Letizia Battaglia, Green Party councillor."

Letizia says "I'd like to take this opportunity to appeal to young people who take drugs. If only they could stop. My daughter was an addict, I know how hard it is. She got clean. If only they could stop, we could end all the trafficking, crime and violence."

Clips show several bodies under the rain on a multiple crime scene.

Letizia says "A restless woman like me is bound to damage her daughters. My relationship with them was so hard. You're never good enough. Never give enough. You never get enough back. It's tough. I could talk about it but... I don't want to. Being in parliament was the worst time of my life. I did nothing and was paid a fortune. Everything was decided elsewhere. The Mafia was still there."

(SIREN SOUNDING IN DISTANCE)
(MAN SHOUTING IN ITALIAN)

A clip shows several police cars pulling up to the Court of Justice building.

A reporter says THE COURT OF
JUSTICE IN PALERMO, KNOWN AS
"THE BUNKER."
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE WHO ARE
OUT TO BUST THE SICILIAN MAFIA.
THEY ARE GIVEN THE SAME
PROTECTION OFFERED ANY GENERAL
GOING TO WAR, AND IT IS WAR - A
BATTLE THAT IS TURNING IN
FAVOUR OF THE FORCES OF LAW AND
ORDER.
THE HUNT IS ON.
SUPPLIED WITH NAMES, POLICE ARE
SEARCHING FOR MORE THAN 100
GANG MEMBERS WHO WERE FORCED
INTO HIDING.
SO FAR, THERE HAVE BEEN MORE
THAN 100 ARRESTS - JUDGES,
POLITICIANS, A DOCTOR, EVEN A
POLICE OFFICIAL.
INVESTIGATING JUDGE GIOVANNI
FALCONE MAY HAVE THE MOST
DANGEROUS JOB IN ITALY.
HE IS FORCED TO WORK BEHIND
STEEL DOORS.

Letizia says "We loved Falcone very much. He was a modern hero. Falcone said: "Follow the money and you'll find the Mafia." That's how he brought hundreds of Mafia to court."

A caption reads "1986."

A newscaster says "We're at the courtroom in Palermo. This is coming to you live. 3 hours ago, the first great Mafia trial began. There are 474 defendants ready to plead their case. One of the most notorious, you'll see him in a moment. We've had a few problems but here he is. Luciano Liggio has spent most of his life in jail or in hiding."

Letizia says "I didn't want to go. It was my duty as a photographer but I didn't go. I couldn't face the horror anymore. There were hundreds of Mafia there. I didn't want to look at them."

The newscaster says "Tommaso Buscetta's arrival shatters the defendants' hopes. Buscetta, an informer known as 'The Boss of Two Worlds.' His evidence destroys the Mafia's defence. He gave away the Mafia's secrets to Judge Falcone. He's known Mafia bosses for 40 years."

A judge says "Who were the members of the Commission?"

Buscetta says "All regional bosses are part of the Commission. Each boss is elected by three families."

The judge says "So they decide who to murder?"

Buscetta says "Absolutely. The Commission decides who to kill. The head of the family would never murder anyone without consulting his regional boss."

Mafia memberss behind bars get restless as they hear the testimony.

(MAFIA MEMBERS SHOUTING)

(SHOUTING CONTINUING)

Falcone says "I've been in solitary since 1977 through no fault of my own. I don't see how I could've asked anyone to carry out these absurd orders as you're suggesting."

The caption changes to "1987."

The judge says "In the name of the Italian people, the court of Palermo... according to the law, declares that Agate Mariano, Alberti Gerardo, Alfano Paolo, Bona Alfredo, Bona Giuseppe, Brusca Bernardo, Calo Giuseppe, Canisero Francesco, Castronuovo Francesco, Catalano Onofrio..."

The newscaster says AT HIGH SPEED,
THE JUDGE REELED OFF SENTENCE
AFTER SENTENCE, TOTALLING 2600
YEARS FOR 338 NOW CONVICTED
MAFIA MEMBERS.
THE SENTENCES FROM THE JURY ARE
STIFF.
THE PROSECUTORS GOT MOST OF
WHAT THEY ASKED FOR.
DEFENDANTS IN THEIR CAGES WERE
SUBDUED, STUNNED, AS THEY WERE
FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER, DRUG
TRAFFICKING, EXTORTION.

The judge says "The court is now closed."

(ACOUSTIC GUITAR STRUMMING)

(MAN SINGING SOFTLY IN ITALIAN)

Clips show papers being sold with the news of the sentences.

(SHOUTING IN ITALIAN)

(UPBEAT SINGING IN ITALIAN)

Letizia says "Totò Riina, boss of the Corleone Mafia, was still in hiding. He went crazy after his Maxi trial's life sentence. He planned a terrible revenge against Palermo and our judges. Riina's allies, the politicians in the government, plotted against Falcone. His security was cut back. He was in more danger than ever before."

(CLAMOURING)

A reporter interviews Falcone and says "You're sacrificing yourself for the State. What does the State mean to you?"

Falcone says "There aren't many ways to describe it. It's not about the State, it's society."

The reporter says "What kind of world are you fighting for?"

Falcone says "I'm fighting for a society where these things don't happen any more."

Letizia says "They constantly attacked him. You can't imagine how viciously the press, both local and national, went for him. I'd say, 'Let me take a good photo of you.' He'd reply: 'They'll accuse me of self-promotion. Take a photo of me when I walk past.' I didn't just meet him when I was a photographer. In his last years, I was a politician. Once we went to see him on an official visit. It was lovely, he's so sweet. We kept telling him 'They'll kill you.' He'd say 'Don't worry. If I die, others will take my place.'"

A clip shows an explosion on a road Falcone's car was riding down.

Letizia says "It was a Sunday. I was at my mum's. She was ill. They interrupted the TV programme. Something had happened on the motorway. I called Franco... and told him to go there. I couldn't go. I didn't have the strength. I called a taxi and went to the hospital. They said he was wounded. He died later. I waited for hours for Falcone and his wife. She died too."

(MALE REPORTER SPEAKING:)

The reporter says "An attack in Palermo on Giovanni Falcone. The Mafia has killed him. He's been killed while driving over a tunnel on the motorway from the airport. A number of bodyguards have also been killed. His wife is gravely injured."

Another reporter says "They've killed Giovanni Falcone whose fight against the Mafia was his life's work. Giovanni Falcone was about to become Special Prosecutor. He was once the most protected magistrate in Italy. The men from Cosa Nostra have slaughtered him."

(REPORTERS CLAMOURING)

(MAN SPEAKING ITALIAN:)

The caption changes to "Judge Borsellino."

At a press conference, Borcellino says "I held him in my arms. Falcone took his last breath. I'd always known it would end like this."

Letizia says "I couldn't take any photos. I didn't want to tell any more stories of blood. I loved Falcone so much. He was one of those really good people. I couldn't photograph him dead. Now I think "Why didn't I?" Why are you making me think about this? I don't want to. I realise now I've never been at peace. It's always been like this. My life... has always been a struggle."

(SIGHING)

(SHOUTING, CLAMOURING)

People crowd the streets of Palermo in protest.

(CROWD CHANTING "BUFFONE")

(MALE REPORTER SPEAKING:)

The reporter says "Shame. They're students. Those are colleagues of the bodyguards."

The crowd shouts "Buffoons! Buffoons!"

The reporter says "They are struggling to control the crowd."

At the funeral, one of the dead bodyguard's wife says "I, Rosaria Costa..."

The reporter says "This is the widow of a bodyguard."

Rosario says "For those who gave their life for the State, I ask for justice. I'm speaking to the Mafia who are in this church. You can be forgiven. I'll forgive you if you get down on your knees, if you've got the courage to change. But they won't change. To change... To change... They don't want to change!"

People clap as the caskets go by the crowd.

Letizia says "Rosaria Schifani - her husband was Falcone's bodyguard. She shouted at the funeral: 'Mafia, kneel down and ask for forgiveness.'"

Borsellino says "I was lucky as a kid to be friends with Judge Falcone. We lived next door. We met again as colleagues to fight the Mafia. Without our friendship, we wouldn't have got through it or been able to carry on."

(BELL TOLLING)

(LETIZIA SPEAKING ITALIAN:)
(EXHALING SHARPLY)

Letizia says "I'll never forget the crowd in a vast hall. A man at the back was pacing up and down, head down. It was Paolo Borsellino. Alone, walking up and down. He wasn't really seeing anything. Up and down."

Borsellino says "My life has changed. The death of my old friend and colleague has really shaken me. A month later, I'm still trying... to get back to work. The pain has taken a huge toll. I was afraid... that after Falcone died, I'd give up. Luckily... anger has kept me going."

A clip shows images of a building on fire.

A reporter says "This is an apocalypse. Two months after Falcone's death, the Mafia have struck again. This time, the target is Paolo Borsellino.

A news show host says "Let's hope the attack didn't kill Paolo Borsellino, the intended victim. There are at least four dead. Any update?"

The reporter on the field says "It's just been confirmed the body is Paolo Borsellino, killed by the violent explosion. His body, what's left of it, was found in front of the house. The police have just confirmed it's by the door where his mother lives. It's Paolo Borsellino. It's definitely him."

(LETIZIA SPEAKING ITALIAN:)
(SIGHING)
(FIRE CRACKLING)
(FIRE CRACKLING)
(INDISTINCT CHATTERING)
(SIRENS BLARING IN DISTANCE)
(MAN SPEAKING ITALIAN:)

Letizia says "It was a Sunday. I was at my mum's again. We heard a very loud roar. It was the bomb. I called a taxi and went there. I remember bits of bodies on the ground. All that was left of Borsellino was his stomach. I just couldn't take a picture of his stomach. I had my camera but I couldn't. I didn't even take a photo of the car on top of a tree. Thrown in the air, a car. The pictures I never took... hurt me most. I never took them, I miss them. I feel disrespectful somehow. I don't know. That's how it was."

(SIGHING)
(EXHALING SHARPLY)

(CHATTERING IN ITALIAN)

Letizia says "The city woke up from a dark dream that had lasted for centuries."

(CROWD CLAMOURING ANGRILY)

(CROWD CLAMOURING ANGRILY)

Letizia says "People were at breaking point. Sicilians wanted a clean break without the Mafia."

A man shouts at a media outlet camera and says "This is the real Palermo. They're the Mafia, the government is the Mafia. See how they're treating us. They won't let me into the church."

(SHOUTING IN ITALIAN)

(CROWD CHANTING IN ITALIAN:)

Crowd chants "Murderers!
Murderers!
Murderers!"

A woman says "We are honest people. We want to honour our dead. They allowed this to happen."

Another woman says "They're our dead, they died for us. It's our right to honour them."

Crowd chants "Borsellino!"

A camera man says "Just carry on."

A reporter says "They've started to break through, the President is about to arrive. There's not enough police."

(CHURCH ORGAN PLAYING)

People shout at the police "Buffoons! Buffoons!"

A man shouts "President, it's us they're killing! You're all disgusting!"

Crowd chants "Out of the church, you Mafia!"

(CROWD CHANTING IN ITALIAN:)
(CROWD CHANTING IN ITALIAN)
(MALE REPORTER SPEAKING:)

A reporter says "The funeral ceremony is over. People are angry. The President is stuck in the crowd. Police are struggling to keep people back. They're trying to get out. It's awful. They're running to the door. Minutes ago, people were calm. The atmosphere's changed."

Fast clips show images of different protests on the streets.

A song plays that goes SOON IT WILL BE DONE
TROUBLE
OF THE WORLD
TROUBLE
OF THE WORLD
TROUBLE
OF THE WORLD
SOON IT WILL BE DONE

On a train, a young woman says to a reporter "Italy is waking up. It's people that count, we need to be heard."

A young man says "We want a big turnout at the march. There's more of us, we're the majority. The Mafia must go."

The song continues NO MORE
WEEPIN' AND WAILIN'
NO MORE
WEEPIN' AND WAILIN'
NO MORE
WEEPIN' AND WAILIN'
GOING HOME
TO LIVE WITH MY LORD

The caption changes to "1993."

Fast clips show images military men raiding hideouts and capturing Mafia members.

(CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING)

A general says "Totò Riina was captured this morning. Totò Riina is ours."

(REPORTERS CLAMOURING)

Letizia says "We were shocked when we saw Totò Riina for the first time. This shabby moron responsible for the murders of Falcone and Borsellino. This moron had devastated our lives, our country."

In court, Rinna Salvatore says "Riina Salvatore... son of Giovanni... born on 16th November 1930."

The prosecutor says "In?"

Rinna Salvatore says "Corleone."

The prosecutor says "Have you ever heard of 'Cosa Nostra'?"

Rinna Salvatore says "I've never met any criminals from Cosa Nostra."

The prosecutor says "The question was, have you heard of it?"

Rinna Salvatore says "No, I haven't. Ask someone else. Don't focus on me, Salvatore Riina, a poor farmer struggling to provide for his family."

A reporter says ON FEBRUARY
THE THIRD, A DAWN RAID BY THE
MILITARY POLICE REVEALED
ITALY'S BIGGEST AND MOST
INCRIMINATING EMBARRASSMENT -
THE HOME IN THE HEART OF
PALERMO OF SALVATORE RIINA -
THE HEAD OF THE MOST POWERFUL
ORGANIZED CRIME NETWORK IN THE
WORLD - THE MAFIA.
THE MAN WHO'D BEEN WANTED BY
POLICE FOR 23 YEARS, THE
GODFATHER HIMSELF, HAD BEEN
LIVING COMFORTABLY HERE WITH
HIS WIFE AND FOUR CHILDREN,
SURROUNDED BY EYES THAT SAW
NOTHING, UNTIL HIS SUDDEN
ARREST ON JANUARY THE 15TH.

Letizia says "They could've arrested him earlier. They stopped him when it suited them. It was all a set-up. He still gave orders from jail. He ruled. I hate these photos. They're unbearable - a rock on my shoulders.

She shows a picture of a murdered child and says "This child witnessed his father's murder at a petrol station, he probably knew the killers, so they murdered him. It was the first time I'd seen a dead child. Murdered like a dog. They call themselves 'Men of Honour.' What honour? They even kill children and women."

(music plays)

Letizia says "We mustn't be ruled by fear. Fear is a luxury we can't afford. I feel free because I'm free inside. We mustn't give in to cowardly men who kill in the shadows."

A reporter says "The head of the Corleone Mafia, Boss of Bosses, Bernardo Provenzano... had been hiding for 42 years, no one could find him. He never uses a mobile phone. He uses 'Pizzini.' Bits of paper with instructions... are passed from hand to hand, from town to town. A slow but efficient system. A system invented by an evil genius."

Images from security cameras show men passing the messages around until one of them shoots another man point blank outside a store.

The caption changes to "2006."

Clips show images of the cops raiding Provenzano's hideout.

Letizia says "Bernardo Provenzano looked like a frail, old man. Such a cruel smile. So cruel. I've seen smiles like that before on people who never surrender. Many Mafia men live a hard life in hiding. They don't enjoy their money. But they have power. In Sicilian, they say: 'Power is better than fucking.'"

As they take Provenzano into custody, a woman shouts "Give him the death penalty!"

Letizia says "I dream of a Sicily free of the Mafia. I yearn for it. I long to see it."

People shout at him "Bastard assassin!"

Letizia says "I believe in the next generation. I really believe in what today's kids can do. It's nice when your work is appreciated but success tires me out. I prefer love. I thought I'd finished with love. I was happy with that for 20 years. No one loved me. No one had a kind word for me. No one made me feel at peace. I was fine on my own. Recently, I've met someone. It amazes me that we're in a relationship. I was 38 when he was born. I'd already lived a lot. Roberto loves transsexual people and cross-dressers. He loves them and me. I didn't want... a sexual relationship with a man. Our relationship is sexual, but we don't have sex. I'm interested in his mind. I was frightened by his pictures. I didn't understand his world. I felt I was falling into an unknown world."

Roberto is in his late forties, with slightly wavy gray hair and a moustache. He wears a red T-shirt.

He says "It's hard to explain. People are confused. I suddenly appeared in Letizia's life. People said "Who's this guy?"

Letizia says "I have to be brave too. Imagine what people are saying. They talk about us. No one dares say anything to me. Not even my friends. I see it in their eyes."

Letizia directs a shooting and says to the model says "Giovanna, take it off. Take it off. Come on, drag it behind you. Walk by. Stop. Stop."

(CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING)
(REPEATING:)
(CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING)
(CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKING)

Letizia says "I don't feel guilty. I know my behaviour hasn't pleased... my children, my lovers, my friends, but I'm not guilty of anything. I was committed to my work. I did my best. People who disapprove can fuck off. I'm going to live until my last breath. In my mind, I feel more powerful than ever. Stronger and more powerful. I think it's beautiful being this old. I don't miss anything. My mind is sharp. I'm not afraid of the end. I'm so strong. I'm not afraid of the end."

She gets emotional and sighs.

Music plays as the end credits roll.

(WOMAN SINGING IN ITALIAN)

A film by Kim Longinotto.

Producer, Niamh Fagan.

Executive producers, Elena Foster, Patty Quillin, and Regina K. Skully.

Copyright 2019, Lunar Pictures.

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