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Directed by Nancy Buirski

United States 2017 91 mins. In English

In September 1944, six young white men abducted and raped 24-year- old mother Recy Taylor in Abbeville, Alabama. Despite threats that she had better keep quiet, Taylor spoke up against her attackers. With the help of the NAACP and its chief investigator, Rosa Parks, Taylor waged a battle for justice that is powerfully brought to life through archival footage, early “race films,” and heartbreaking personal interviews. Taylor’s case became seminal in the early Civil Rights struggle that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1955 and subsequent movements. “Planting a flag firmly at the intersection of patriarchy, sexism and white supremacy. . .[it] is a documentary of multiple layers and marvelous gumption.”—The New York Times.

Filmography: By Sidney Lumet (2015), The Loving Story (2011)

Reviews: New York Times, RogerEbert.com, Variety, Criterion Daily, IndieWire

Interviews: Filmmaker



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