This compelling documentary unravels a contemporary civil rights tragedy, giving context to recent controversies surrounding racial profiling. In 1989, five black and Latino teenage boys were convicted and imprisoned for six to thirteen years for the assault of a female jogger in Central Park. They were not exonerated until a serial rapist confessed to the crime in 2002. Featuring groundbreaking interviews with city officials and the five pardoned men, The Central Park Five exposes the racial and social tensions at work in our city over the past 30 years.
Post-screening guests will be one of the filmmakers (David McMahon or Sarah Burns) and one of the Central Park Five.
Identify a central act of discrimination or violence in
Central Park Five. Could something like that happen today?
Why or why not?
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Spike Lee’s documentary tells the story of one of our nation’s most notorious hate crimes.
This portrait of Jackie Robinson grounds his bravery in a social and political context.
The harrowing true story of black and white Americans persecuted for fighting Jim Crow law.