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Central Park Five

The story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. Directed and produced by Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, the film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

The Central Park Five

1h 59m

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

Episodes

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    The Central Park Five

    S1 E1 - 1h 59m

    THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

Extras + Features

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    Subpoena

    Subpoena -

    In 2003, a year after their convictions were vacated, the Central Park Five filed a civil rights lawsuit against the City of New York and the police officers and prosecutors who had worked towards their convictions. In September of 2012 the City of New York subpoenaed all the materials from the film. In February of 2013 the ruling squashed the subpoena in favor of Florentine Films.

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    Extended Look

    Extended Look - 3m 25s

    THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Directed and produced by Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, the film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice

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    Official Trailer

    Official Trailer - 2m 26s

    THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. Directed and produced by Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, the film chronicles the Central Park Jogger case, from the perspective of the five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice

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    Making Of

    Making Of - 3m 9s

    Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and Dave McMahon discuss their film, Central Park Five

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    The Family Business

    The Family Business - 4m 23s

    Film making has become a family business for Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and Dave McMahon.

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    Media Response

    Media Response - 1m 34s

    The media response to the Central Park Jogger case was swift and prejudiced.

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    Not Copping Out

    Not Copping Out - 47s

    The Central Park Five did not take a plea bargain.

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    Interrogation

    Interrogation - 56s

    Kevin Richardson and Raymond Santana discuss the manipulation of their interrogation.

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    Police Control Story

    Police Control Story - 5m 1s

    The police controlled the story to the news media and for them, all the pieces came into place. Upon closer investigation the time sequence of the jogger's movement do not add up with the police narrative. It does not matter once guilt is established, through the confessions, and they carry the case.

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    New York Wilding

    New York Wilding - 4m 32s

    Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon discuss the term, 'wilding.'

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    Crime in New York City

    Crime in New York City - 8m 53s

    The Central Park Five describe their lives before April 20, 1989. New Yorkers talk about a city divided between the very rich and the very poor. In 1984 crack cocaine comes to the city and the crime rate soars.

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    Proxy War

    Proxy War - 35s

    Jim Dwyer of the New York Times talks about the Central Park Five being caught in a proxy war.

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