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RadioWest and Utah Film Center have partnered to present the best in documentary filmmaking. We talk with established and new directors who are changing the way audiences see the world and then screen their films.

Through the Lens: The Rape of Recy Taylor


The year was 1944. Walking home from church one night, Recy Taylor, a black woman, was raped by six white men. Taylor’s story is the subject of a new documentary film that sheds light on a dark period in American history and the activism it spawned.

RadioWest divider.

Filmmaker Nancy Buirski’s new documentary film tells the story of Recy Taylor, a young black mother and wife, who was gang raped by six white boys in Alabama in 1944. Rather than keep quiet, Taylor bravely identified her rapists. Buirski’s film is also about Rosa Parks. Before her famous bus boycott, Parks investigated Taylor’s story and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice.  Buirski joins us Wednesday to explore Taylor’s story and the advocacy efforts it sparked.

On Wednesday, February 7th, RadioWest and the Utah Film Center will present a free screening of Nancy Buirski's film The Rape of Recy Taylor as part of our Through the Lens series. It's at 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Susan Margolin, one of the producers of Buirski's film, will be there for a Q&A after the screening. Seating is limited, so get there early. You can get more information, and invite your friends, through our Facebook event.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.