VOD Recommendation: A Powerful Documentary About a Terrible Miscarriage of Justice Now on Demand
12.10.12 by BJSprecher
"No State shall . . . deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law . . . ." — U.S. CONST. amend. XIV, § 1.
Separate truth from fiction with this gripping documentary about how racism and police corruption allowed a violent crime against one individual to claim five additional victims.
The Flick: The Central Park Five
The Skinny: Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns (The Civil War) teams with director David McMahon (Bayou Blue) and his daughter, Sarah Burns, in bringing to light the terrible miscarriage of justice that occurred during the co-called Central Park Jogger case, which resulted in five innocent juveniles — four black and one Hispanic — being convicted of the brutal rape and beating of a white 28-year-old investment banker in 1989 despite there being no physical evidence linking any of them to the crime. Shortly after the documentary debuted on the festival circuit, New York City "subpoenaed notes and outtakes" from the movie in the hopes that they would find something that could help defend the city against a $250 million federal lawsuit filed by the men after they were exonerated of their crimes in 2002.
The Players: There are no actors in this movie, only the crusading filmmakers who doggedly pursued the truth and the real people who were affected by and involved with the case.
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