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Central Park Five, The 1x117, 2x54

Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2012
New York Film Critics Circle Best Non-Fiction Film (Documentary)
Official Selection: Telluride Film Festival 2012
Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival 2012
Special Presentation: Cannes Film Festival 2012
Closing Night Selection: DOCNYC 2012
Peabody Award Winner 2013

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s 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 a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, The Central Park Five tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories, an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice. Written, produced and directed by Ken Burns, Dave McMahon, and Sarah Burns.

“A careful, thoughtful and devastating new documentary.” — Los Angeles Times

“The Central Park Five is a riveting documentary. The filmmaking is simple and seamless.” — The Atlantic

“Central Park is perhaps the most devastating portrait of contemporary social inequality to appear in an American documentary.” — The New Yorker

“Watching The Central Park Five is a deeply affecting experience.” — The Wall Street Journal