Directed by Nancy Buirski
91 min | 2017 | USA | Not Rated
In 1944, Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother, was gang-raped by six white boys in Alabama – a sadly common crime in the Jim Crow South. While few of these crimes were reported as the victims were in fear for thir lives if they spoke up, Recy Taylor bravely identified her rapists. To support her, the NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.
Through Mr. Taylor’s tragic story, this film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women in the American South, and how the pursuit of justice for these crimes influenced the Civil Rights movement. The film also reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Ms. Taylor’s story, and how being the victim of an attempted rape was an inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor.
Official Selection: 2017 Venice Film Festival, 2017 New York Film Festival
Presented in celebration of Black History Month.
Utah Film Center proudly supports this film through our Fiscal Sponsorship Program.
WHAT THE CRITICS ARE SAYING:
“Sexual violence against women of color in the 40s went largely unpunished and a new film aims to shed light on one of the most courageous figures from the era.” –The Guardian
“Planting a flag firmly at the intersection of patriarchy, sexism and white supremacy, The Rape of Recy Taylor is a documentary of multiple layers and marvelous gumption.” –The New York Times
“Taylor’s outspokenness then was a courageous anomaly…The film is a haunting, damning unpacking of history that also reminds us how little progress we’ve made.” –The Village Voice
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