Watch The Trailer For Ava DuVernay's Central Park Five Netflix Series 'When They See Us'
The series comes out on May 31.
The minute-long video begins with a voiceover, presumably of a mother. “You watch them grow and you start to think you did a good job. And then one night you look away,” a woman says as her voice leads into a scene of black teens being arrested by police officers. From there, the teens are then taken into a holding area as another voiceover from someone else starts to play.
“Let’s get an army of blue up in Harlem. You go into those projects and you stop every little thug you see. You bring in every kid who was in the park last night,” a woman says.
DuVernay tweeted out the trailer with the following caption:
“Not thugs. Not wilding. Not criminals. Not even the Central Park Five. They are Korey, Antron, Raymond, Yusef, Kevin. They are millions of young people of color who are blamed, judged and accused on sight. May 31. A film in four parts about who they really are. WHEN THEY SEE US.”
When They See Us tells the story of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise, the black and hispanic men who were falsely accused of beating and raping a white female jogger in Central Park in 1989. The incident resulted in the teens being given the name the “Central Park Five” by the media. They were eventually exonerated by DNA evidence in 2002.