Justice & Multiculturalism in the 21st Century Film Series:
|"They were false confessions and you can't pluck out certain things . . . you can't say this is true and this isn't. There were all coerced." (3:45)|
Ken Burns’ newest documentary, based on the book by his daughter Sarah Burns (who codirects), is a probing inquiry into the 1989 “Central Park Jogger” rape case that resulted in the wrongful conviction of five Harlem teenagers. The five spent more than a decade in prison until their sentence was vacated in 2002. Burns received a subpoena from the City of New York for access to his original footage for use in addressing lawsuits brought by the five. By special arrangement with Ken Burns’ film company and local PBS-affiliate WMHT, we will be screening this much-talked-about film in advance of its national PBS air date on April 16. The film was named Best Nonfiction Film at the 2012 New York Film Critics Circle Awards.
The film was followed by Q&A with codirectors Sarah Burns and David McMahon.
Cosponsored by WMHT
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