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The Central Park Five: Screening Recap

Central Park Five

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 6 and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to 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, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.

The preview screening of The Central Park Five and conversation on race and our criminal justice system featured two of the film’s directors, one of the young men who were wrongfully convicted, and experts on criminal justice.


Sarah Burns

Co-Producer, Writer and Director, The Central Park Five

David McMahon

Co-Producer, Writer and Director, The Central Park Five

Crystal N. Feimster

Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies and the American Studies Program, Yale University

Saul Kassin

Distinguished Professor of Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York

Raymond Santana

Member of the Central Park Five

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