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.” The five would spend years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit before the truth about what really happened became clear. With THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, this story of injustice finally gets the attention it deserves. Based on Sarah Burns’ riveting book and co-directed by her husband David McMahon and father, the acclaimed doc filmmaker Ken Burns, this incendiary film tells the riveting tale of innocent young men scapegoated for a heinous crime, and serves as a mirror for our times. Co-director David McMahon stops by to talk the film’s exploration of crime, race and justice regarding one of the highest profile crimes in modern American history.
“Careful, thoughtful and devastating.” – Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times
“A harrowing piece of investigative work.” – Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal
“INFURIATING… A CONCISE, INFORMATIVE AND UPSETTING CHRONICLE OF A CRIME.” – A.O. Scott, The New York Times