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Rape of Recy Taylor, The Directed
Nancy Buirski USA / 2017 / 91 minutes
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Upstate Films WOODSTOCK
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Nancy Buirski, Susan Margolin
The numbers of women raped in Jim Crow South were staggering. In danger for their lives, they didn't report the crimes and their stories went hidden. Not Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old mother who was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Unbroken, she spoke up, and with the help of Rosa Parks and legions of women, they worked to get Recy Taylor justice.
Set against a backdrop of soulful music, documentarian Nancy Buirski masterfully crafts the mood as we witness a terrified black woman running for her life. This powerful emotional charge persists throughout the film as we move back and forth in time. Weaving vintage clips of early race films — black stories told by black filmmakers for black audiences — with mood-setting visuals from the actual locations and current interviews with her siblings more than 70 years after the event, the hurt, indignation and ultimate vindication go far beyond one woman's story to expand on the history of race in America.
BIO: Nancy Buirski, director, producer and writer of The Rape of Recy Taylor, is also the director/producer/writer of By Sidney Lumet, which had its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and Afternoon of a Faun, which had its world premiere at the 51st New York Film Festival, the international premiere at the 64th Berlinale, and a record-breaking U.S. theatrical release by Kino Lorber. She is also director/producer/writer of the Oscar-shortlisted Peabody and Emmy Award-winning The Loving Story, and a producer of Loving, by Jeff Nichols. She is now directing Endangered, an animated feature based on Eliot Schrefer's YA novels, and will direct, produce and write a narrative version of Afternoon of a Faun.
Cast/Featuring: Robert Corbitt, Alma Daniels, Crystal Feimster, Danielle L. McGuire, Cynthia Erivo
Executive Producer(s): Regina K. Scully, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Amy Tiemann, Mark Trustin, CarolAnne Dolan, Derrick Harkins, Nick Stuart-Jones, Barbara Dobkin, Bobby Kondrat, Jack Turner
Producer(s): Nancy Buirski, Beth Hubbard, Claire L. Chandler, Susan Margolin
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