NO! The Rape Documentary (OPEN CAPTIONS)

NO! The Rape Documentary (OPEN CAPTIONS)

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(This is the open captions version of NO!. If you want to view the film without captions, please visit:

NO! The Rape Documentary is the 2006-released, Ford Foundation-funded, groundbreaking film about intra-racial rape, accountability, and healing in Black communities. Produced, written, and directed over a period of 12-years, by child sexual abuse and adult rape survivor Aishah Shahidah Simmons, this internationally acclaimed film also explores how rape is used as a weapon of homophobia. NO! was ahead of its time. Its’ 2006 world premiere at the Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA occurred 18-months before Title IX was successfully applied to a campus sexual assault case, and 11-years before the global recognition of the long term #MeToo movement went viral.

“If the Black community in the Americas and in the world would save itself it must complete the work this film [NO!] begins.” — Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award- winning author of The Color Purple

“[NO!] helps raise awareness about sexual assault and violence. Especially useful for counselors working with high-school and college students facing similar pressures and situations” — Booklist

For more information on the film, which includes access to the FREE, DOWNLOADABLE, 100-page, 2007-released NO! Study Guide, “Unveiling the Silence,” VISIT:

“[Aishah Shahidah Simmons’] political and artistic approach, which [simultaneously] questions the oppression of race, sex, gender, and class, seems relevant to make visible, at all levels, and mainly in the African American community, the violence against [Black] women, lesbians, and girls.” — Amnesty International, French Section

“NO! The Rape Documentary serves to heal generational wounds within the Black community as well as uphold the dignity of all human beings. When we know better, we do better. Thanks, Aishah! A gift to us all”
—Ruth King, Author of Healing Rage: Women Making Inner Peace Possible and Mindful of Race: Transforming Racism from the Inside Out

“Filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons dares to ‘speak truth to power’ with emphatic power that very exclamation NO! is intended to convey.” — Mark Anthony Neal, Scholar and Author of New Black Man

“Heartbreaking, personal, and ultimately empowering… Not only does Simmons’s ground-breaking film break a pervasive deadly silence, it reaffirms the power of a Black woman’s truth.” — Joan Morgan, Scholar and Author of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost: A Hip-Hop Feminist Breaks It Down

“A visionary, essential, analytic, raw, and internationally acclaimed black feminist text on rape and sexual assault. As much as NO! requires we tell the truth about experiences, it implores us to explicitly call out rape and the rapists in our immediate communities. This is where restorative justice begins.” — Tamura A. Lomax, Scholar and Author of Jezebel Unhinged: Loosing the Black Female Body in Religion & Culture

“I first came across Aishah Shahidah Simmons’ work in late 1998 when I was co-curating a film festival for the OutWrite conference in Boston in 1999. Back then “NO! The Rape Documentary’ was only a 10-minute work in progress. I was so moved by the piece and noticed how relevant, important, and groundbreaking the work was, that I felt compelled to program it even at that stage. NO! breaks silence on violence against women through multiple voices, with so much sensitivity including the filmmaker’s personal experience on this subject. It’s a film that still holds so much significance even today, 12-years after it was released, that I will screen it in a course I teach on ‘Black Women in Cinema’ in Spring 2019.” — Sonali Gulati, Guggenheim Award-winning Filmmaker and Professor of Photography and Film

“With the eye of a poet and the rigor of a sociologist, Aishah Shahidah Simmons exposes an ugly reality of sexual violence. This is cinematic activism at its finest, as it is both a call to action and an expertly constructed documentary.” — Gerald Horne, Scholar and Author of Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham DuBois

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