In 1989, five minority teenagers were arrested for the rape of a white woman in New York’s Central Park. Wrongly convicted and sentenced to prison without any physical evidence, including DNA, that tied them to the crime, the five were released after serving no less than six years in prison. The Central Park Five, a new documentary from directors Ken and Sarah Burns and David McMahon, revisits the events surrounding this two-sided tragedy and examines the culture of racism and mob-mentality that accompanied it. Hit the jump to see the new trailer and poster for The Central Park Five.
The new trailer for The Central Park Five follows below:
Here’s the synopsis for The Central Park Five:
THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE is the story of the five young men who were wrongfully convicted for the 1989 rape of a jogger in Central Park. It examines how the legal system’s rush to judgment – fueled by a city racially divided and fearful of crime – resulted in false confessions and no reassessment of the charges as conflicting evidence came in. This left a brutal rapist on the streets and robbed five innocent kids of their youth, all of whom served out their full terms. District Attorney Robert Morgenthau, after directing a thorough re-investigation when the actual rapist came forward and confessed, and realizing his office’s mistakes, joined with the defense to request that the convictions be vacated, which was instantly granted by Judge Charles Tejada.
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.