The Central Park Five

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About The Central Park Five

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."  The five would spend years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit before the truth about what really happened became clear. With THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, this story of injustice finally gets the attention it deserves. Based on Sarah Burns’ riveting book and co-directed by her husband David McMahon and father, the acclaimed doc filmmaker Ken Burns, this incendiary film tells the riveting tale of innocent young men scapegoated for a heinous crime, and serves as a mirror for our times.

Acclaim

"A Must-See. A profound indictment of mob mentality. Impeccably edited and well-wrought, painting a vibrant portrait of a time and place."
Kris Tapley, HitFix
"Careful, thoughtful and devastating."
Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times
"A harrowing piece of investigative work."
Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
"INFURIATING... A CONCISE, INFORMATIVE AND UPSETTING CHRONICLE OF A CRIME."
A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Awards

Official Selection
Telluride Film Festival 2012
Official Selection
Toronto International Film Festival 2012
Nominee - Best Feature
IDA Awards 2012
Closing Night Film
DOC NYC 2012
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The Central Park Five
US | 2012 | U
Nov 23, 2012

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