• Mar 12, 2013

The Central Park Five: Film Screening & Discussion

  • 5:30 PM
  • Wasserstein Hall, Room 2036, Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Co-sponsored by the Prison Studies Project


SYNOPSIS: 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 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, resulting in 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.

Documentary produced, written, and directed by Ken Burns, David McMahon & Sarah Burns

Click here for more information about the film.


📰 “Ken Burns offers preview of ‘Central Park Five’ at HLS” – Harvard Law Today