Venice Horizons Award ~ Best Film
Venice Film Festival
Human Rights Film Network Award
Venice Film Festival
'The Rape of Recy Taylor' is the strongest documentary in the NYFF line-up, a stirring, infuriating marvel."
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The Rape of Recy Taylor

Mrs. Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator, Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.

The Rape of Recy Taylor exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’s intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing fight for justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.

More and more women are now speaking up after rape. Our film tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed. The 2017 Women's March and the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement are linked to their courage. From sexual aggression on ‘40s southern streets to today’s college campuses and to the threatened right to choose, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement in Recy Taylor’s day and fuels our outrage today.

Played at

Monica Film Center, 12.08.17 - 12.14.17
Rated NR
Web Site: https://www.therap...
Runtime: 91 min
Language: English

Director: Nancy Buirski
Producer(s): Beth Hubbard, Claire L. Chandler, Nancy Buirski, Susan Margolin
Writer(s): Nancy Buirsk
Cast: Alma Daniels, Crystal Feimster, Cynthia Erivo as the voice of Rosa Parks, Danielle L. McGuire, Recy Taylor, Robert Corbitt

  • Nominee, Venice Horizons Award ~ Best Film, Venice Film Festival
  • Winner, Human Rights Film Network Award, Venice Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW: Scout Tafoya, RogerEbert.co
On the night of September 3, 1944, Recy Taylor, a black woman, was walking in Alabama when seven white men rode up in a car, accused her of violence against a man she hadn't committed, and then forced her in the car at gunpoint. They drove her a few miles into darkness, taunted and t...