The Rape of Recy Taylor

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“Recy Taylor, a name I know and I think you should know too” – Oprah Winfrey, Golden Globes 2018

"this story has not left my heart or my mind. Out in May. Go and see it. Very important." Letitia Wright, Black Panther, on Instagram

"Taylor was wronged. She was raped. And it’s high time the world knew about it." The Pool

"the most important film of 2018" Stylist

"one of the year's most vital documentaries"  4 stars, The Guardian

"Recy Taylor - a catalyst for the civil rights movement" BBC Woman's Hour

"how one woman's refusal to keep quiet shamed – and changed – America" Telegraph

"her proud voice grabs you and won't let go" 4 stars, Evening Standard

"quietly devastating dcoumentary about a harrowing crime" 4 stars, Independent

"gives old events new force" 4 stars, Financial Times

"outrage drives this documentary ... draws a direct line from slavery to the modern day ... a blistering howl of protest" 4 stars, Time Out

"very much of the MeToo moment ... give[s] a voice to the voiceless" The Times

"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.


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Following a series of sold-out, star-studded preview screenings, we are pleased to announce the theatrical release date of THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR as 25 May 2018. This times with UK SAYS NO MORE Week, ending excuses and espousing the truth. 

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PREVIEWS - March-May 2018 Previews included:

In association with the UN Women National Committee UK, at the Curzon Soho.
With the director Nancy Buirski (producer Loving), journalist Maxine Mawhinney, Baroness Manzoor CBE and
cultural critic Yomi Adegoke (author of Slay in Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible).  Reception afterwards at The AllBright Club.

BAFTA members and invited guests official award-qualifying screening, with Q&A.

Everyman Kings Cross with Nancy Buirski and Edith Bowman.

East End Film Festival - Official Screening at the Genesis Cinema.

Special shout out to two notable recent screenings in the US: a tribute screening in Montgomery, Alabama in partnership with Jina DuVernay and one at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.

Influencer Screening at the Courthouse Hotel Screening Room - check out the Girls on Tops t-shirts we gave out there: Click Here

Parliamentary Screening at Westminster in association with Tulip Saddiq MP.
Panel discussion: Eve Gabereau (Modern Films), Sarah Winderflood (UK Says No More) and Sherica Spence (Sky Alexandra House)