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The Rape of Recy Taylor
Dir.: Nancy Buirski | 91 minutes

The Rape of Recy Taylor

USA 2017 | 91 minutes | English | Hebrew subtitles

Recy Taylor, a twenty-four-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. Nancy Buirski's documentary 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 work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning. Winner of the Human Rights Film Network Award at the Venice FF.