THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR

2017 International Premiere, Venice Film Festival

2017 U.S. Premiere, New York Film Festival

2018 Distributed by The Orchard                                                 

2018 Broadcast on STARZ                                                             

Co-produced by Transform Films / Odyssey Impact

 

 

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

The Rape of Recy Taylor" is the strongest documentary in the NYFF line-up, a stirring, infuriating marvel.

- RogerEbert.com

                                        

 
 

AWARDS and RECOGNITION

2017 Recipient of the Human Rights Nights Award at the Venice Film Festival

2017 Nominee NAACP Image Awards for Best Documentary Feature

The New Yorker Best Films of 2017

The Guardian Best Films of 2018

94% on Rotten Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

The film is a haunting, damning unpacking of history that also reminds us how little progress we've made.

- The Village Voice

 

A welcome, stirring tribute to black female resilience through the ages.

- Los Angeles Times

 

Our Story

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 rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.  

Our film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find 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 including Black Lives Matter, #MeToo and Times Up. The 2017 Global March by Women is 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.

 

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