7:00 - 9:00
The internationally acclaimed documentary unveils the reality of rape, other forms of sexual violence and healing in African American communities.
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, award-winning film also explores how rape is used as a weapon of homophobia.
“If the Black community in the Americas and in the world would heal itself, it must complete the work this film [NO!] begins.” —Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize and National Book award-winning author and human rights activist
Aishah Shahidah Simmons is an award-winning Black feminist lesbian cultural worker, who, for over 25-years, has examined the intersections of race, gender, sexuality and sexual violence. Her creative work, published writings, international lectures and independent scholarship are informed by her lived experiences as a child sexual abuse survivor, adult rape survivor and Buddhist practitioner committed to disrupting and ending the inhumane scourge of sexual violence, humanely. Simmons is the editor or Love WITH Accountability: Digging Up the Roots of Child Sexual Abuse anthology, which she was named co-winner of the 2020 Lambda Literary Award (Lammy) for Best LGBTQ Anthology.
Watch party and film discussions.
Events and workshops curated around SFPL’s One City One Book selection. One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is a citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time. For more information, see sfpl.org/onecityonebook.