The Rape of Recy Taylor
First screened in September 2017
Director: Nancy Buirski. Documentary about the 1944 case of a black woman raped by six white men in Abbeville, Alabama, and its rare but blunted judicial life. Screenplay: Nancy Buirski (inspired by the book At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and ResistanceA New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire). Twitter Capsule:
Distills an important story. More effective as a short? Very moving interviews. Smart angles on Rosa Parks.
Alternates between poetic montages of race films, stock footage, and precious archival evidence and blunter, sometimes repetitive interviews.