The Central Park Five

Opens Friday, January 4
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1hr 59mins // directed by:Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested for “the crime of the century”, the brutal attack and rape of a white, female jogger in Central Park.

Breathlessly covered by the media, their trials took place against a backdrop of a decaying New York beset by violence and racial tension. In the rush to judgment, the truth was lost, and the youths were unjustly convicted, spending years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. Now, this story of injustice finally gets the telling it deserves. Based on Sarah Burns’ riveting book and co-directed by her husband David McMahon and father, the acclaimed doc filmmaker Ken Burns, this incendiary film tells the riveting tale of innocent young men scapegoated for a heinous crime, and serves as a mirror for our times.