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MIPTV Picks 2013 Best in Show: The Central Park Five

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested for the brutal rape of a white woman. In 1990, the boys were all convicted for the crime, despite inconsistent confessions and no DNA evidence connecting them to the event.
March 1, 2013

POLITICAL, SOCIAL & RELIGIOUS

Partners: Produced by Florentine Films; distributed by PBS International

Premiered: May 2012, Cannes Film Festival; TV premiere in April 2013 (PBS)

Length: 2 x 53 minutes or 1 x 117 minutes

Rights available: Worldwide excluding U.S.

In 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested for the brutal rape of a white woman, who came to be known as the Central Park Jogger. In 1990, the boys were all convicted for the crime, despite inconsistent confessions and no DNA evidence connecting them to the event. The boys served their complete sentences – between six and 13 years – until a confession and DNA evidence from another man resulted in their convictions being vacated. This film from Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon, examines how the societal constructs of the time, from the justice system to the media, impacted the case and ultimately, the lives of the Five.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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