Film Review: ‘The Rape Of Recy Taylor’

If there’s one thing the past year has demonstrated, it’s that American society is not as modern as we thought. In fact, just in the last month, we’ve seen that gender and racial issues still plague the state of Alabama, so Nancy Buirski’s accessible but uneven documentary “The Rape of Recy Taylor” — about the […]

If there’s one thing the past year has demonstrated, it’s that American society is not as modern as we thought. In fact, just in the last month, we’ve seen that gender and racial issues still plague the state of Alabama, so Nancy Buirski’s accessible but uneven documentary “The Rape of Recy Taylor” — about the […]

‘The Rape Of Recy Taylor’ Trailer: The Heart-Wrenching Docu Tells A Timely Story For Black Women

Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor premiered its first trailer today to paint a tragic picture of the titular Taylor and her story that rings true to today’s treatment of women — black women in particular.
The Orchard announced today that they have acquired the digital right to the film which bowed at the Venice Film Festival, where it was rewarded the Human Rights Nights Special Prize for Human Rights. The docu puts the spotlight on the Jim Crow South…

Nancy Buirski’s documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor premiered its first trailer today to paint a tragic picture of the titular Taylor and her story that rings true to today’s treatment of women — black women in particular. The Orchard announced today that they have acquired the digital right to the film which bowed at the Venice Film Festival, where it was rewarded the Human Rights Nights Special Prize for Human Rights. The docu puts the spotlight on the Jim Crow South…

‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ Set for Awards Qualifying Run This December

Exclusive: Nancy Buirski’s wrenching new documentary will hit theaters this winter.

Coming off strong showings at both the Venice and New York Film Festivals, Nancy Buirski’s Augusta Films has set an awards-qualifying run for the filmmaker’s new documentary “The Rape of Recy Taylor.” The film, which debuted at Venice last month and went on to screen at NYFF, will open in New York and Los Angeles this December to qualify for the Academy Award for Best Documentary.

In a statement, Buirski said, “We were stunned by reviews that not only recognized the hidden story of black women physically abused in Jim Crow South, but by how powerfully our film resonates today. From a president who gropes women to white supremacy in Charlottesville to women who courageously speak up against predatory celebrities and mogals, this film is smack in the public square. Though we’re throwing our hat in the ring late, we felt this coud not wait! An Academy run is an invigorating way to draw attention to Recy Taylor and her courage.”

The film tells the story of Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, who was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. While such crimes were common in the Jim Crow South, most victims didn’t speak out — or even think of pressing charges — but Taylor was different, immediately turning to the police after her assault.

What followed was a violation of a different kind, as Taylor and her family were subject to further abuse and mistreatment from the very people in charge of protecting them.

In our NYFF review of the film, we wrote: “Buirski’s latest documentary, a worthy companion to her lauded ‘The Loving Story,’ tells Taylor’s story in expressive detail, aided by Buirski’s creative approach to pulling together material. Composed of vintage footage from the era, new interviews with Taylor’s loved ones and scholars alike, plus scenes from vintage race films (including a number from the prolific African American director Oscar Micheaux), ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ works as both artifact and indictment. Bolstered further by a stirring soundtrack that includes Dinah Washington songs and traditional spirituals, Buirski’s film gives voice to Taylor and others like her, often letting their own art and word tell the story, hard as it may be to hear.”

Written and directed by Buirski, “The Rape of Recy Taylor” was produced by Buirski, Claire L. Chandler, Beth Hubbard, and Susan Margolin. It is co-produced by Transform Films. It is inspired by Daneille L. McGuire’s “At the Dark End of the Street.” ICM Partners is representing the film for all rights. Check out the film’s poster below.

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‘The Rape Of Recy Taylor’: First-Look At Nancy Buirski’s New Doc – Venice

EXCLUSIVE: Nancy Buirski, the director of By Sidney Lumet and The Loving Story, is headed to the Venice Film Festival with her latest project, The Rape Of Recy Taylor. The documentary about a woman who defied the times to stand up against the physical abuse of black women in the 1940s south, is running in the Horizons section and screens next week. It will have its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival in October. See a first-look clip above.
This is the…

EXCLUSIVE: Nancy Buirski, the director of By Sidney Lumet and The Loving Story, is headed to the Venice Film Festival with her latest project, The Rape Of Recy Taylor. The documentary about a woman who defied the times to stand up against the physical abuse of black women in the 1940s south, is running in the Horizons section and screens next week. It will have its North American premiere at the New York Film Festival in October. See a first-look clip above. This is the…

‘By Sidney Lumet’ Director on the ‘Moral Message’ Behind Film Icon’s Work

Sidney Lumet was one of the greatest chroniclers of New York City. Films like “Serpico” and “Dog Day Afternoon” serve as gripping time capsules to the five borough’s mean old, pre-gentrified, “Ford to the City: Drop Dead” days, when crime was on the rise and the population on the decline. But while Lumet has been… Read more »

Sidney Lumet was one of the greatest chroniclers of New York City. Films like “Serpico” and “Dog Day Afternoon” serve as gripping time capsules to the five borough’s mean old, pre-gentrified, “Ford to the City: Drop Dead” days, when crime was on the rise and the population on the decline. But while Lumet has been... Read more »