The Rape of Recy Taylor

"A stirring, infuriating marvel" ★★★★ Guardian

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Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. This was common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) sent its chief rape investigator, one Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.  The crime went unavenged, in spite of the confessions of several of the rapists.  The story is told in interviews with Taylor's descendants and also descendants of several of the rapists, as well as using footage from 'race films', an American genre of interwar movies using black actors and addressing issues of concern to black audiences.

It's a timely story, a happy accident that the director, Nancy Buirski, is grateful for.  “With women being singled out on Time magazine’s cover, as part of the #MeToo campaign, I really want to draw attention to the black women who spoke up when their lives were seriously in danger,” she says.  The documentary's contemporary resonance helps to give Taylor's story a larger, tragic social context.


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91 mins

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