Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Central Park Five (2012)

Director(s): Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon. 119 min. Not Rated. Documentary.

Master documentarian Ken Burns, his daughter, and his son-in-law, capture the essence of the racism rampant in the 80s' NYC, and how this led to the arrest and prosecution of five black teenagers for the assault and rape of a white jogger in Central Park - who went on to serve 7 years in prison based on false confessions obtained under lengthy coercing interrogations. The film is evidence of how bitterly defective the justice system of even a civilized society is, but this expertly-done work would've impacted me harder if I hadn't already seen the similar-themed HBO grand slam, Paradise Lost.

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