The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

DVD - 2013 | Widescreen version
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Chronicles America's complicated perceptions of race and crime through the story of the "Central Park 5"--A group of minority teenagers wrongfully convicted and jailed for brutally raping a white woman in New York.
Publisher: [Arlington, Virginia] : PBS : Distributed by PBS Distribution, [2013]
[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS, [2013?]
Edition: Widescreen version
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781608838547
Call Number: DVD 364.1532 CENTRAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 120 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Dolby digital 5.1
Dolby digital 2.0
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Alternative Title: Central Park 5


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Living in New York City in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it is difficult to describe the climate of what it was like to be young and black in a city that feared you. The infamous Central Park Park Rape case explains it with unflinching humanity, examining the gross miscarriage of justice when f... Read More »

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Sep 10, 2020

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

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.

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.

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.

Mar 04, 2016

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

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.

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.

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.

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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