Post-screening discussion with Nancy Buirski, Ruth Negga, and Peter Saraf
The Museum of Modern Art, Theater 1
The Rape of Recy Taylor. 2017. USA. Directed by Nancy Buirski. Courtesy of the filmmaker.

The Rape of Recy Taylor. 2017. USA. Directed by Nancy Buirski. 91 min.

“On the night of September 3, 1944, a young African-American mother from Abbeville, Alabama, named Recy Taylor was walking home from church with two friends when she was abducted by seven white men, driven away and dragged into the woods, raped by six of the men, and left to make her way home. Against formidable odds and endless threats to her life and the lives of her family members, Taylor bravely spoke up and pressed charges. Nancy Buirski’s passionate documentary shines a light on a case that became a turning point in the early Civil Rights Movement, and on the many formidable women—including Rosa Parks—who brought the movement to life” (New York Film Festival screening notes).

This film accompanies The Contenders 2017.