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THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE
Audience Choice Award Best Documentary Feature Chicago Intl Film Fest
Best Non-Fiction Film NY Film Critics Circle Awards
"Emotionally stirring" -New York Times
"The film presents the facts of the case with clarity that seems startling" -Village Voice
"Devastating" -Los Angeles Times
"Impressively researched" -Variety
½ -Roger Ebert
½ -Chicago Tribune
"The Central Park Five is valuable for the way it affords these men a voice" -TimeOut Chicago
In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged with
brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News
media swarmed the case, calling them a "wolfpack" and they would spend years
in prison for a crime they did not commit before the truth about what really
happened was finally told.
Based on Sarah Burns' riveting book and
co-directed by her husband David McMahon and father, the acclaimed doc
filmmaker Ken Burns (The Civil War, Jazz, The Dust Bowl), this incendiary
film tells the riveting tale of innocent young men scapegoated for a heinous
crime. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and
racial tension, The Central Park Five tells the story of how five lives were
upended by the rush to judgment by police, a sensationalist media and a
devastating miscarriage of justice.
Directed by Ken Burns, David McMahon and
Sarah Burns, U.S.A., 2012, 119 mins.