"Recy Taylor’s story ended in stalemate, but America, Alabama, and the Taylor family are better off for Buirski’s telling it so many decades later. The film opens our eyes not just to one wrong but the greater system of wrongs that made it possible—a system whose ramifications we still live with today."Read More
"The justice system failing women, and especially women of color, is not (to put it mildly) solely a historical concern, so there’s a particular urgency to this tough but essential documentary by Nancy Buirski (The Loving Story), about the assault, trial, and fallout of the 1944 rape of a 24-year-old African-American wife and mother in Abbeville, Alabama."
“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.”Read More
“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.”Read More
“Limpid, mysterious, and heavy with darkness, Nancy Buirski’s The Rape of Recy Taylor is a kind of true ghost story. The characters are all real, and the events described are painfully so. But so much of it floats in a twilight gulf between the reality of what happened and what should have happened that it cannot help but feel at least in part unreal.”Read More
“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.”Read More
“And using her story to help us focus on the wider issue about the abuse of black women’s bodies and their fight back over decades has resulted in a film that is by turns rage-inducing, heartbreakingly moving, absorbing and inspiring.”Read More
" '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. “
“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.”Read More
“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."
"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.”Read More
"Buirski spoke with me on 'Salon Talks' about why she choose to tell the story of Taylor’s struggle on film. “White people are responsible for what happened to black people and we are complicit if don’t try to do something to heal that,” she said. 'For me, movie-making is how I can make a contribution.' "Read More
"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.”Read More
"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."Read More
“Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.”
“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.”Read More
“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”Read More
“This is a potent piece of non-fiction filmmaking, a low-fi look into a culture of violence that saw black bodies assaulted with little to no repercussions.”Read More