The Knockturnal | NYFF Review: 'The Rape of Recy Taylor'

“Upon thinking about it, I can not name a film more important in 2017. In the wake of the Charlottesville riots, the film mixes past outrage with a present day viewpoint. The film is so powerful and emotionally charged it will leave viewers wanting to leave the theater to go out and protest more than 70 years later.”

"The Rape of Recy Taylor in title alone, is powerful: forcing you to say her name, and acknowledge what was done that night in 1944.”

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The Playlist | The Past Haunts The Present In ‘The Rape Of Recy Taylor’ [NYFF Review]

“Though the titular crime happened in 1944, there’s a sense of urgency to Nancy Buirski‘s “The Rape of Recy Taylor.” Like last year’s “13th” and “I Am Not Your Negro,” this documentary centers on the past, but its pertinence to today’s culture is striking – and utterly devastating.”

“The tragedy of what happened to Taylor can cause the kind of tears that leave your face swollen and sore, but it’s all the more painful given the current events in America.”

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Cinema | 365 The Rape of Recy Taylor

“This is a movie that should be shown in every high school in America, not only because it graphically illustrates the ugly aspects of racism but also of sexism as well.”

“ We continue to live in a rape culture now; the real consequences of that  culture are excellently documented here.”

“The archival and “race film” footage is fascinating. Feimster is an eloquent and intelligent speaker. The film is powerful and moving. Here you’ll find a very specific and damning account of racism.”

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" 'The Rape of Recy Taylor' is the strongest documentary in the NYFF line-up, a stirring, infuriating marvel."

“Buirski's intense rhythm and knack for filling in vital missing pieces through respectful and electrifying invention make her work as interesting as her subjects.”

“Everything about "The Rape of Recy Taylor" aims to stay with you, to present the ugly history as something that cannot be scrubbed from the chambers of our memory. Recy Taylor is still here, the film reminds us, and so is the stain of these crimes, of hate and rape. We must want to remember what happened so that it will never happen again. “


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Filmmaker Magazine | Critic’s Notebook NYFF: Faces Places, The Rape of Recy Taylor, Last Flag Flying

“Recy is one person, but her story is that of many. In Buirski’s hands, her story becomes one of both the history of sexual assault against black women and the essential role that black women have played in the civil rights battles of the past century”

“The Rape of Recy Taylor is one of 18 films to screen in the Spotlight on Documentary series at NYFF ’17. The film, from doc director/producer Nancy Buirski (The Loving Story, By Sidney Lumet), marks the first cinematic telling of a horrific crime that took place in Abbeville, Alabama in 1944.”

“The Rape of Recy Taylor chronicles an era of American history with which most of us are familiar, but it does so in a way that strips the period of its traditional hallmarks. By focusing on the advocacy efforts of women and visualizing their lives through race films, Buirski’s film allows us to see the Civil Rights Movement anew.”

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Shadow And Act | 'The Rape of Recy Taylor' unpacks the forgotten story of a woman who refused to be silenced (NYFF Review)

“Filmmaker Nancy Buirski’s new documentary The Rape of Recy Taylor chronicles the horrendous assault that Taylor endured, which caused outrage across the country before it was swiftly erased from the history books.”

"Rape is an unspeakable crime – it is as revolting as it is unfathomable and yet it remains so prevalent. The world has never been a safe place for women, but for women of color and Black women, in particular, it has been nightmarish."


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IndieWire | ‘The Rape of Recy Taylor’ Review: Nancy Buirski’s Wrenching Documentary Is More Relevant Than Ever — NYFF

"The Loving Story" filmmaker returns with another look at justice denied, deferred, and demanded."

"This documentary exposes how the lack of justice for Recy Taylor is still prevalent today."

“Buirski’s weaving together of material is most impactful in these mid-feature scenes, unspooling a rich and horrifying world that goes far beyond just Taylor’s experiences.”

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Bold As Love Magazine | REVIEW: “The Rape of Recy Taylor” – New York Film Festival

"There are so many relatively unknown stories that have helped to change the world as we know it. Recy Taylor’s own is one of them."

“What filmmaker Nancy Buirski’s documentary excellently does is further expose a long time truth: that the legacy of physical abuse of Black women by white men, one reaped during American enslavement of Blacks and has not ended, has negatively affected both Black women and men’s everyday functionality.”

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Filmmaker Magazine | “Women Were Afraid to Speak Up — That’s What Made Recy Taylor So Important”: Director Nancy Buirski on The Rape of Recy Taylor

"What the race films did for me moreso was to create a kind of metaphorical idea that these events happened to many women, not just a few. There was something almost symbolic about the use of them — not to distance you from the event but to enhance the experience and make you feel like there was something almost biblical about the evil that took place there."

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The Root | The Rape of Recy Taylor Looks Back at a Horrific but Largely Forgotten Case From the Jim Crow South

“To evoke the time period of Taylor’s rape, film director Nancy Buirski uses scenes from early-20th-century “race films.” These films, produced for black audiences with entirely black casts, often included storylines of black women being accosted by white men. 'It’s not a typical documentary approach. You don’t have footage,' said Buirski, who also directed The Loving Story in 2012. “I feel strongly that it is critical for people to be able to take away the feeling of what took place.”

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