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The Central Park Five

  • Director: David McMahon
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Runtime: 119 min
  • Running Time: 119 min.

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.

"With an editing approach that seamlessly blends past and present, Central Park Five contains a fluid, engaging storytelling that does away with the dry voiceover commentary and theatrical music choices that typically account for the narrative flow of most Burns films."
- Eric Kohn, IndieWIRE
"Central Park is at first discomforting, then enraging, then illuminating. "
- David Denby, The New Yorker
"It projects equal parts fury and despair as it reveals how a particular group of individuals was caught in the unforgiving gears of the criminal justice system."
- Ken Turan, Los Angeles Times

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