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The Central Park Five

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The Central Park Five

Release Date: November 23, 2012 (limited)
Studio: Sundance Selects
Director: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Screenwriter: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon
Starring: Yusef Salaam, Antron McCray, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Ed Koch, David Dinkins
Genre: Documentary
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Synopsis: In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of brutally beating and raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. New York Mayor Ed Koch called it the “crime of the century” and it remains to date one of the biggest media stories of our time. The five each spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a shocking confession from a serial rapist and DNA evidence proved their innocence. 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.

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