Central Park Five
In April 1989, five black and Hispanic teenagers from Harlem were arrested for the brutal assault and rape of a white woman in Central Park. The Central Park Five gives a detailed reconstruction of the crime and the punishments meted out. Set against the backdrop of a city where incidents of violence are high and divides in class and race are deepening, the film tells a grim story of how law enforcement agencies, social institutions and the media undermined the very rights of the individuals they were designed to safeguard and protect. The screening will be followed by a Q&A via Skype with directors Sarah Burns and David McMahon.