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The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

Downloadable Video - 2013
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This new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles the Central Park jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of the five young men whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.
Publisher: [United States] : PBS : Made available through hoopla, 2013
ISBN: 9781608838547
Call Number: EVIDEO HOOPLA
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 120 min.)) : sd., col

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Perhaps Ken Burn's most wrenching documentary, this film recounts the horrifying crime, the media circus and the miscarriage of justice that engulfed the country and destroyed the lives of five innocent young men in New York.

A searing documentary about five African American teenagers falsely accused and convicted of raping a white women in Central Park in 1989.

A searing documentary about five African American teenagers falsely accused and convicted of raping a white women in Central Park in 1989.

A devastating documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.


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maipenrai
Sep 10, 2020

Another well-known case of injustice on the part of the police and justice system in America. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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lukasevansherman
May 16, 2020

The infamous case that was the basis for Ava DuVernay's "When They See Us." Ken Burns is not an especially political filmmaker, so this is somewhat of a change of pace for him. He co-directed it with his daughter, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon. It's a sad reminder of how quickly the media is to condemn young black and brown men and how there is a different type of justice (or injustice) for them. There are interviews with the boys, now grown men, which are heartbroken, as they had their childhoods stolen from them. Sarah Burns also wrote a companion book of the same name. Never forget.

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samjenks
May 07, 2019

Hard to watch because of the injustice given those children. This movie exposes the police departments and their tactics used to turn a innocent person into a guilty person even when the evidence point elsewhere.

PimaLib_TeneciaP Jul 20, 2018

This book and documentary follow the story of five young black men from Harlem - Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise - who were wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in Central Park in 1989. These men spent more than a decade behind bars before they were released and their convictions vacated. How does this happen? How do innocent men get sent to prison? Is there a way to right this wrong?

*Ava DuVernay will be bringing the story of the Central Park Five to Netflix in a limited dramatic series in 2019.

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paul1
May 21, 2016

I found this documentary well worth watching. A sad story of racism, police and prosecutorial misconduct, media hysteria. Also saddening was how a single juror that was not convinced of the guilt of the Central Park Five was bullied and coerced into changing his vote to guilty.

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pianoDan
Mar 04, 2016

This was one of the best documentaries I've seen in a while.

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LittleNoName
Jan 30, 2016

Totally enjoyed this documentry. I knew a little about the case (I was 4 when it happened) & love my 'murder shows'. Definately recommend.

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akirakato
Aug 04, 2015

This is a documentary originally produced in 2012.
In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park.
They spent between 6 and 13 years in prison befire a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime.
Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, the film tells the story of that horrific crime as well as the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.
It is a deeply touching, profoundly moving and gut-wrenching documentary.

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steverino
Apr 24, 2015

While certainly interesting (films in which Ken Burns is involved often are), the film is not very objective. While these five boys may not have actually raped, sodomized, and assaulted Meili, the documentary is completely one-sided and either trivializes (or dismisses all together) the crimes which they DID commit.

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duane767
Apr 28, 2014

If you remember this incident at all, this is well worth the watch. If you're unfamiliar with this incident, this documentary is as much about American race relations, New York, and the 1980s as anything else.

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