The Sicilian Girl

La siciliana ribelle is the original title of the movie The Sicilian Girl. I noticed it because you can also read it as The Sicilian Rebel, and that would be an apt title. 

This is the compelling fact-based story of Rita Atria, a young girl who broke with her heritage to bring down the Sicilian mafia.

As the movie opens we meet the charming and mischievous Rita (Veronica D’ Agostino) as a young girl and her doting but dangerous father. We are quickly drawn into the violence of a Sicily ruled by “the mafia”. Although it later becomes clear the story takes place in the 1980s, one gets the feeling of a much earlier time and an almost feudal rural society.
The story turns into one of vendetta when Rita’s father and brother are murdered by a rival mafia don. What unfolds from here is unbelievable for its courage and grittiness, as the 17-year-old Rita and a brave prosecutor, Judge Pablo Borsellino, take on and break the mob.   
Director Marco Amenta did not hit a wrong hit a wrong note in the entire beautifully-photographed film. I found it impossible to look away from the screen for an instant, and it stays with me long after the closing credits. The film is so powerful and so well-told, I had to constantly remind myself the story was true, and happened fairly recently. The trial at which Rita testified was in the 1990s.  If you loved the Godfather trilogy and The Sopranos – don’t miss this film. Seek out The Sicilian Girl. You will be glad you did.