Venice 2017


by Nancy Buirski

with Robert Corbitt, Alma Daniels, Crystal Feimster, Esther Cooper Jackson, James Johnson II, Danielle L. McGuire, Chris Money, Larry Smith and Recy Taylor

USA / 2017 / 91'

Production: Augusta Films LLC in co-production with Transform Films, Inc.
in association with Artemis Rising and Matador Content

World Sales: Wide House

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. The film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story. An attempted rape against Parks was but one inspiration for her ongoing work to find justice for countless women like Taylor. The 1955 bus boycott was an end result, not a beginning.  

More and more women are now speaking up after rape. The film tells the story of black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to take back their bodies that led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and movements that followed. The 2017 Women's March and the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement are linked to their courage. From sexual aggression on ‘40s southern streets to today’s college campuses and to the threatened right to choose, it is control of women’s bodies that powered the movement in Recy Taylor’s day and fuels our outrage today.



Press & Industry Screening: Tuesday 05/09 I 20:00 I Sala Casino

Press & Industry Screening: Tuesday 05/09 I 22:30 I Sala Volpi

Official Screening: Wednesday 06/09 I 14:00 I Sala Darsena (Q&A after the Screening)


PRESS DAY: Wednesday 06/09

TALENTS AVAILABLE: Nancy Buirski (director/producer), Robert Corbitt (brother of Recy Taylor), Crystal Feimster (protagonist)


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