The Central Park Five Documentary Explores Now Infamous Case

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
April 16, 2013

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Courtroom Sketch of Central Park Five Trial 1989

The documentary that explores one of New York City’s most infamous rape cases premieres tonight.

The Central Park Five explores a case that rocked the city back in 1989. Five teens were accused and later convicted of the brutal attack of a jogger in central park. Those men have since been cleared of the crime.  Sarah Burns wrote directed and produced the film. She says it is about more than just the case itself and the people whose lives it changed.

“It’s also and perhaps is mainly about figuring out how something like this happens we try to ask that question, how does this happen? How do false confessions happen? Why did the media fail? We hope that we can really start a conversation about that so that we can prevent something like this from happening again.”

Burns says some of the same racial issues raised in the now infamous case are still relevant in New York City today.

The Central Park Five airs tonight at 9pm on WNET Thirteen.


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