Directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon
USA, 2012, 120 mins.
Language: English Genre: Documentary
Saturday, March 16 at 6:15pm This
show is sold out, but we are setting up an alternate screening room at
the Chilmark School. Tickets for this screening will be $5 for members,
$10 for non-members. If you are interested in tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Discussion to follow with Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five, and his family
In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. They spent between six and thirteen years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned. Set against the backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, this documentary tells the story of a horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.
“The Central Park Five is at first discomforting, then enraging, then illuminating.”