HD-DCP - 2017 - USA - 90 min - Color / Black & White
THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR
A film by Nancy Buirski
To the countless women whose voices have not been heard.
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 chief 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 that followed.
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.
I’m often asked why I, as a white filmmaker, chose subjects dealing with race. A black female director will have a very special take on the story of a black woman raped in 1944. That story will be told differently than the way I tell it; I don’t live in a black woman's skin. But I believe these stories should be told again and again, and that there may be value in my difference. Race is The American Story; as a white person I inherit complicity in what happened to African-Americans in our country. I am passionate about telling Recy Taylor’s story, as I was The Loving Story - compelled by empathy and responsibility and a need to expose shameful history.
Director/Producer/Writer – THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR
Director/Producer/Writer of BY SIDNEY LUMET (2015) World Premiere in Cannes Film Festival.
Director/Producer/Writer AFTERNOON OF A FAUN (2013), World Premiere at the 51st New York Film Festival, International Premiere at the 64th Berlinale and record-breaking U.S theatrical release by Kino Lorber.
Director/Producer/Writer of the Oscar shortlisted, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning THE LOVING STORY (2012) and Producer of LOVING by Jeff Nichols.
She is directing ENDANGERED, an animated feature based on Eliot Schrefer’s YA novel and will direct/write a narrative version of AFTERNOON OF A FAUN.
Original language: English
Produced by: Augusta Films
North American Sales: ICM PARTNERS
Biennale 2017 - Section Orrizonti - WORLD PREMIERE