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The Rape of Recy Taylor (2017)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 15 December 2017 (USA)
Mrs. Recy Taylor was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Unbroken, she spoke up and fought for justice with help from Rosa Parks and legions of women.

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Nancy Buirski

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Nancy Buirski

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Credited cast:
Tommy Bernardi ... Billy Howerton / Hugo Wilson
Robert Corbitt Robert Corbitt ... Himself
Alma Daniels Alma Daniels ... Herself
Cynthia Erivo ... Rosa Parks
Crystal Feimster Crystal Feimster ... Herself
Tom Gibbs Tom Gibbs ... Luther Lee / Herbert Lovett
Esther Cooper Jackson Esther Cooper Jackson ... Herself
James Johnson II James Johnson II ... Himself
Jack Kyser Jack Kyser ... Dillard York / Willie Joe Culpepper
Danielle L. McGuire Danielle L. McGuire ... Herself
Chris Money Chris Money ... Himself
John L. Payne
John L. Payne John L. Payne ... John O. Harris
Recy Taylor Recy Taylor ... Herself
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Mrs. Recy Taylor was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Unbroken, she spoke up and fought for justice with help from Rosa Parks and legions of women.

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The hidden, epic story of sexual violence in the Jim Crow South, when courageous black women fight to take back their bodies and their dignity. Recy Taylor, gang raped in 1944 speaks up when danger is greatest, powering the coming Civil Rights Movement. See more »

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15 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Gwalt na Recy Taylor See more »

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Interesting but uneven and needed a better telling.
29 July 2018 | by propaganda21See all my reviews

This is quite a slow, considered documentary on the rape of Recy Taylor using old race films, photographs, footage and evocative music to convey the times. It starts well enough, although at times it it completely overshadowed by the music (Dinah Washington' achingly haunting, This Bitter Earth) and the arty reconstructions distract. It's uneven and Recy Taylor's story is devastating enough without the documentary halfway veering into a discourse about black women's activism by some preachy white feminist scholar. Reframing the narrative through a modern perspective is more often that not, unfaithful to history. One of the most powerful images that I took away was Recy Taylor's father having to spend nights in a tree with a shotgun to guard his family after they'd gone public about the rape. It's a harrowing story but it isn't handled very well. I don't recall if they mentioned the similar gang rape of Betty Jean Owens. fifteen years later, and the different outcome, but they should have.


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