Must see movie: La Siciliana Ribelle / The Sicilian Girl (2010)
Wherever I travel to, I always take Sicily with me. Although on paper I’m Belgian and so are my parents, Sicily is and always will be a part of me. Long long time ago, somewhere after World War II a young Sicilian girl decided to leave her family and village behind and move to Western Europe in order to pursuit a better future for her and her siblings. That young girl was my grandma and my temperament I (and my mum) must have inherited it from her . Through my blog, you’ll read about Sicily in the future: the history – yes the founder of Cairo was a Sicilian Arab, the food – 1 word DELICIOUS!, etc…
Today, I want to write about another thing of our Sicilian culture that is known to the world: the mafia. For many people the mafia is a product from Hollywood, for Sicilians the mafia is REAL. It’s not something they read about in books, but it’s something they see around them in their daily lives. When I went to Sicily a few years back, I asked my grand uncle about the mafia. The look in his eyes almost killed me. It’s not a topic they enjoy discussing.
Anyway, I’ve watched a lot of movies in my Eid holidays and “The Sicilian Girl” is one of those. Based on a true story, it tells an inspiring story of the fight of one girl against a mafia clan.
After the gangland assassinations of her father and brother, 17-year-old Rita (Veronica D’Agostino) takes it upon herself to avenge their murders. Forming an unlikely alliance with an anti-mafia judge (Gérard Jugnot), Rita charts the thin line between justice and revenge as she begins to expose the dark secrets of an enshrouded world. However, she soon finds the side of law and order to be a lonely place which puts her conviction to the test— and her life on the line.
You can read more more about the movie and its history on Wikipedia: The Sicilian Girl & Rita Atria