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The Sicilian Girl

In 1991, 17-year-old Rita Atria visits a tireless anti-Mafia judge to denounce the organization responsible for the murders of her father and brother. Using meticulously recorded information from years of diary-keeping, Rita’s testimony is the linchpin for securing convictions of numerous figures in the Sicilian mob. Rita is a deep and impetuous heroine, motivated by rage and grief, and Veronica d’Agostino’s remarkable performance conveys all of the character’s complexities. In addition to the film’s nuanced characters, cowriter/director Amenta (who addressed the same true story in a 1997 documentary) vividly documents Sicilian village life and its desecration through cycles of crime and retribution. [Synopsis courtesy of San Francisco Film Society]