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The Rape Of Recy Taylor

Independent ★★★★ “Quietly devastating documentary about harrowing crime

Evening Standard ★★★★ “her proud voice grabs you and won’t let go“

Time Out ★★★★ “a blistering howl of protest“

Financial Times ★★★★ “A strong film: chastening, shocking, steeped in fractious ironies“


Winner of the prestigious Human Rights Nights Special Prize at the 74th Venice Film Festival and nominated for Best Documentary at the NAACP Image Awards, The Rape Of Recy Taylor is a documentary about a 24-year old black mother and sharecropper who was gang raped by six white men in Alabama in 1944. She spoke up at the time and identified her rapists. The NAACP sent Rosa Parks, their chief investigator (and civil rights activist) to look into the case. Her representation and the community's rallied support triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Nancy Buirski, whose credits include Loving, The Loving Story and By Sidney Lumet and based on the "New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power" book by historian Danielle L McGuire, this is one of the year's most vital documentaries, telling the story of woman who inspired Rosa Parks in 1944 and inspires Oprah Winfrey and many others today. 


Event Information

Running Time: 1hr 31mins

BBFC Advice: 15

Director(s): Nancy Buirski

Country of Origin: USA

Year of release:

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