A powerful documentary is set to debut at the Venice Flim Festival soon, and will later premiere at the New York Film Festival in October.
The Rape of Recy Taylor is a documentary from Nancy Buirski. She directed the e Loving Story for HBO, which was the basis for the 2016 Oscar-nominated film on the landmark Supreme Court case on interracial marriage, Loving.
According to Deadline, who exclusively debuted this first-look clip, the film is “the true story of a 24-year-old wife and mother who was gang raped in Alabama by six white men in 1944. The doc highlights the black women who waged war to take back their bodies and their dignity, and by speaking up helped inspire the civil rights movement that was to come.”
Taylor was kidnapped after leaving church and raped by the men. Despite two of them men admitting the rape to authorities, they weren’t charged.
When she spoke up against her attackers, it putting Taylor’s life and that of her family’s in danger. Her home was even firebombed by white supremacists. All of this attracted the attention of the NAACP and Rosa Parks, who was the organization’s chief investigator and activist against sexual assaults against black women. Taylor’s case is thought to be an early spark of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.
It took 70 years for Taylor to get an apology from the state of Alabama for her rapists not being prosecuted.
Watch the clip below: