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 before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned. Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, The Central Park Five tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.
The Central Park Five is a new film by Ken Burns and his daughter Sarah and David McMahon.
Ken Burns has been making films for more than thirty years. Since the Academy Award nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Ken has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed historical documentaries ever made. A December 2002 poll conducted by Real Screen Magazine listed The Civil War as second only to Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North as the “most influential documentary of all time” and named Ken Burns and Robert Flaherty as the “most influential documentary makers” of all time.
Sarah Burns is the author of The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding (Knopf, 2011), a non-fiction book about the teenagers wrongly convicted in the Central Park Jogger rape in 1989.
Brent Staples is a member of the editorial board of the New York Times, he has been an assistant metropolitan editor of the Times, an editor of the New York Times Book Review and a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. He received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago.
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