The first trailer for Nancy Buirski’s forthcoming documentary, The Rape of Recy Taylor premiered this week. Sony imprint, The Orchard also announced this week, that they had acquired the digital rights to the film which earned the Human Rights Nights Special Prize for Human Rights at this year’s Venice Film Festival.
The documentary spotlights the Jim Crow South, where the name of Black women was more than a regular occurrence. At the time, the Police for as so corrupt (many being racists and even worst, KKK members) so the rapes often went unreported for fear of reprisals. Recy Taylor was a 24-year- old mother who, after she was gang-raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama, she spoke up. With the support of both Rosa Parks and a plethora of female supporters, Recy Taylor embarked upon an uphill battle for justice.
Taylor was kidnapped after leaving the local church and raped. Two of the six offenders admitted to the crime, but we still faced no repercussions at all. Her home was firebombed, and her family threatened, before catching the attention of Rosa Parks. Taylor’s case is thought to a catalyst for the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.
“The Rape of Recy is a profoundly moving, incredibly important film that showcases all of the elements of great nonfiction cinema. The Orchard is incredibly proud to be working with the powerhouse director who is Nancy Buirski to get this film to audiences across all platforms,” said Danielle DiGiacomo, VP of Acquisitions at The Orchard.
“I’ve admired their film selection – fiction and non-fiction – for a very long time,” she said. “Their taste and their reputation for transparency is a benchmark for all distributors. I’m overjoyed to know our film is one of The Orchard’s and will be seen on so many platforms. The brave Recy Taylor deserves no less!” said director Nancy Buirski.
In the clip, a 97-year-old Recy Taylor recounts the night of her rape.