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Calgary Documentary Discussion

We are going to discuss Central Park Five by Ken Burns. It's currently on Youtube as a 8 part series. The links are to follow.

It's a great movie, I hope you'll join.

PART 1

PART 2

PART 3

PART 4

PART 5

PART 6

PART 7

PART 8

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  • A former member
    A former member

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ex1TX2Vp3pQ

    Ken Burns also did this documentary about the life and times of the first African American heavyweight champion of the United States, Jack Johnson. An incredible person who has been mostly lost to history.

    July 19, 2013

  • Angie W.

    Sorry didn't watch it in time!

    July 17, 2013

  • Larissa K.

    I'm sorry but something has come up last minute.

    July 17, 2013

  • sanya

    i have just joined the group yesterday and am real sorry i won't attend any meetups for a month. what can i say - it's just that this month-long europe vacation has gotten in a way :) hope to meet many of you in late august:) sanya

    July 16, 2013

  • Larissa K.

    What really struck me was the inability of the prosecutor, police etc to admit they made mistakes. They were so invested in the narrative they created that it was impossible for them to adapt to the facts.

    Also, that the case remains unresolved in the civil courts. It was interesting to watch in the light of the Trayvon Martin case in the US and the Stephen Lawrence case in the UK.

    It will also be interesting to discuss racism here in Alberta.

    July 16, 2013

  • Atul

    If I watch it in time, I will join the group discussion. It would be more fun to watch it as a group!

    1 · July 16, 2013

    • Angie W.

      Interesting idea

      July 16, 2013

    • Sean

      Agreed, the problem with most documentaries is that that would mean people have to commit about 3 hours to the night and many are too busy for that.

      July 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Inital thoughts, quotes that stood out for me...

    Confirmation bias is freakin' scary
    Helplessness of parents *** and community members
    “I felt so dumb for not realizing it until it was too late.”
    “In those days, probably 6 murders a day.”
    “These guys are really angry…they might take us to the back of the precinct and kill us.”
    "Asking for an attorney doesn’t even register in their minds"
    “We’re not very good people, and we’re often not.”
    A perfect example of why the death penalty is not a good idea.

    July 16, 2013

    • Sean

      Agreed. The death penalty just doesn't work in the legal systems I see. It's a scary thought when looking at this case.

      July 16, 2013

  • Angie W.

    I heard about this documentary. If I watch it all in in time I might join you. How will I know who you guys are?

    July 15, 2013

    • Sean

      There likely won't be many people there and it's not a large venue. You can't miss us. :)

      July 16, 2013

  • Amy

    Sorry guys, I haven't had a chance to watch it (busy at work) and won't be able to before Wednesday :( I promise I will watch it one day!

    July 14, 2013

  • Sean

    Ah the "Bridge", many childhood memories. I'm glad you'll be able to make it. It's a really good movie and SUPER infuriating! :)

    July 4, 2013

  • Amy

    I'll be coming back from Lethbridge that evening but should be able to make it!

    July 3, 2013

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