February 3, 2013 · 1:00 PM
Facets Multi - Media
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" and they would spend years in prison for a crime they did not commit before the truth about what really happened was finally told.
Based on Sarah Burns' riveting book and co-directed by her husband David McMahon and father, the acclaimed doc filmmaker Ken Burns (The Civil War, Jazz, The Dust Bowl), this incendiary film tells the riveting tale of innocent young men scapegoated for a heinous crime. 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.
Directed by Ken Burns, David McMahon and Sarah Burns, U.S.A., 2012, 119 mins.