The Rape of Recy Taylor

2018 • 90 minutes
11 reviews
Watch in a web browser or on supported devices Learn More

About this movie

Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. A common occurrence in the Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who instead bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its rape investigator Rosa Parks to Alabama, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.

This film exposes the legacy of physical abuse inflicted upon 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 fight for justice for countless women like Taylor. Parks’ 1955 bus boycott was the result of decades of activist work, not the beginning.

More and more women are now speaking up after their assault. THE RAPE OF RECY TAYLOR shines a light on the black women who spoke up when danger was greatest; it was their noble efforts to reclaim control of their bodies that paved the way for today’s generation of activists. The 2017 Women's March and the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement are directly linked to their courage.

Ratings and reviews

11 reviews
Freedom Freedom
March 25, 2018
This will move you into action and it will force you to examine was happening in today's america and not much as changed. The metoo movement comes from these strong black women who were not afraid to speak up. I thought this film was difficult at times to watch. I reminded me of all the white cops who are killing Black Americans with no punishment for their crimes. It's a must see event it's todays America and tomorrow's future.
9 people found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?
T M (ABIT Mad Productions)
March 23, 2018
...why color rape? The film could have been a very effective documentary if "Black Lives Matter" was kept out of it. Now this possibly moving work of art has been jaded and politically aimed to divide people. I was going to click rent but i'm not sure if part of my money is going back to those silly "poor me pay me" movements. Too bad. Boo!
8 people found this review helpful
Did you find this helpful?

Rate this movie

Tell us what you think.