About the film
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The Central Park Five
Release Date: May 24, 2012
|Production Companies||:||WETA, Florentine Films|
|Director||:||Sarah Burns, Ken Burns, David McMahon|
|Writers||:||Sarah Burns, Ken Burns, David McMahon|
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, this is 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.