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Film: “The Central Park Five” (adult content)

Short description: “The Central Park Five” (2012) is a documentary film about the Central Park jogger case, directed by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, his daughter Sarah Burns, and her husband, David McMahon. The case was one of the most publicized of the 1980s and its prosecution and aftermath led to important questions about race, class and a rush to judgment after horrific crimes. And/Or: A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were wrongly convicted of the sexual assault of a white woman in Central Park. Long description: In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and sexually assaulting 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 documentary 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. Movie trailer:

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November 1, 2017

7:00PM - 8:30PM

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Free of charge but reservation needed

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