The Rape Of Recy Taylor
The Rape Of Recy Taylor (2017)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: December 8, 2017
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

Essential viewing, not least for its emphasis on the crucial role of women in the civil-rights movement ...

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Justin Chang
Los Angeles Times

A welcome, stirring tribute to black female resilience through the ages.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Enraging, and eye-opening, the beginning of the antidote for how black women's lives get erased in America. Tells a story that we should recognize as epic.

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Jessica Kiang

In the highly charged political and social environment of today's America and today's Alabama, the bald facts of this case, however they are communicated, remain acutely provocative.

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Fred Camper
Chicago Reader

Some stories are so important that they can overcome a documentary maker's poor cinematic choices.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

An intelligent, incisive documentary that illustrates how events in that small town in 1944 still matter today, The Rape Of Recy Taylor deserves a wide audience.

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Matt Zoller Seitz

What's onscreen here is often so very busy that The Rape of Recy Taylor turns into a parody of a certain mindset in American documentary filmmaking.

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Scout Tafoya

Everything about The Rape of Recy Taylor aims to stay with you, to present the ugly history as something that cannot be scrubbed from the chambers of our memory.

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Jared Mobarak
The Film Stage

This country still facilitates the erasure of women. It still treats them like they're invisible. And that's why Recy's story is so important.

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