• 2006
  • US
  • 1h 34min
  • Directed by: Aishah Shahidah Simmons
  • Cast: Reanae McNeal, Salamishah Tillet, Scheherazade Tillet
  • UK release: 15 March 2009
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Documentary on sexual violence against women.

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No! The Rape Documentary 94 mins, USA, 2006, Dir Aishah Shahidah Simmons.

This award winning documentary film, created by a rape and incest survivor, took 13 years to complete. It is a combination of testimonials, scholarly interviews, activism and cultural education relating to the rape and sexual assault of African-American women by African-American men. It explores the complex pressures on black women to remain silent about abuses perpetrated by black men in the context of the constant and violent racism directed at African–American men. Impacting archival footage, spirited music, transformational dance, and performances from award-winning poets take viewers on a journey from enslavement of African people in the United States through to the present day. Violence prevention advocates, theologians, sociologists, historians, anthropologists, and other leading scholars and human rights activists provide an interdisciplinary context with which to examine sexual violence in African-American communities.

The screening is followed by a discussion led by representatives from Black Women’s Rape Action Project, Black Feminists and Shakti Womens Aid from Edinburgh.

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