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The Rape of Recy Taylor

Acclaimed documentary, 'The Rape of Recy Taylor' is in UK cinemas May 25.


"Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know too" - Oprah Winfrey, Golden Globes 2018

"One of the year's most vital documentaries" The Guardian

"essential viewing" New Yorker

"wrenching documentary that is more relevant than ever" Indiewire

"nothing can prepare you for the emotionally packed ending" Huffington Post

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 1944 Alabama. 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. She spoke up long before the #MeToo movement.

Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Nancy Buirski, whose credits include Loving (as producer), The Loving Story and By Sidney Lumet. In talking about the story, Buirski has said that "Recy is very reluctant hero ... She understood she had to speak up if she wanted to help other women. People like Rosa convinced her it was a crime."

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 At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance.

Recy Taylor is the woman who inspired Rosa Parks in 1944 and inspires Oprah Winfrey today. 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.