The Special Prize for Human Rights is conferred at the 74° Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica - La Biennale di Venezia 2017 to the best film that is expression of a culture for the defense of human rights, the protection of civil rights, the valorisation of cultural diversity.Statement from the Jury:"Alabama 1944. The sharpness of a story, that brings us in the deep dark heart of the United States of America. The racism and the violence against women is told by Nancy Buirski, in a documentary that recognizes the strength of a person as Rosa Parks, fundamental for the civil rights, and the courage of Racy Taylor, the African American woman who denounced her rapists."...

“Documentarian Nancy Buirski traces this shameful 1944 incident and the legal fiasco that followed, honoring a woman of color who dared to speak out after being sexually assaulted by a group of white youths.“

“With lucidity and deep feeling, Nancy Buirski's documentary maps an ugly trail of injustice and then widens its lens to pay tribute to the women of color whose refusal to be silent helped drive the evolution of the Civil Rights movement.”

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“ The Rape of Recy Taylor is more than a documentary about a woman who was raped. This documentary uses the rape of Recy Taylor as a lens to look at how sexual violence and racial injustice are irrevocably linked, and threaded into the moral fabric of this country.”

"The justice that Recy Taylor seeks shows the indomitable spirit of woman who survived the unimaginable, and used her voice to break her silence and lift the veil on the double edge sword of what it means to be black and a woman in this country."

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"Why being uncomfortable is necessary."

The Rape of Recy Taylor is not only the story of one woman’s heartbreaking truth but also a reflection of the decades of injustice African American Women in the United States still face today.”

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EXCLUSIVENancy Buirski, the director of By Sidney Lumet and The Loving Story, is headed to the Venice Film Festival with her latest project, The Rape Of Recy Taylor

"This 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."

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