When They See Us comes out on May 31st
Netflix has released the first trailer for When They See Us, Ava DuVernay’s highly anticipated four-part series based around the “Central Park Five” case.
The timing of the trailer is not accidental: today, April 19th, is the 30 year anniversary of the incident: a white female jogger was raped in central park. That same night, five black teenagers were picked up for the crime. They were convicted a year later and received sentences ranging from 5 to 15 years. They were all innocent.
Here is how a press release describes the movie:
Based on a true story that gripped the country, When They See Us will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.
When They See Us comes out on May 31st on Netflix. Watch the trailer below.
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On this exact day 30 years ago, a woman was raped in Central Park. Five black + brown boys were framed for her rape. The story you know is the lie that police, prosecutors and Donald Trump told you. WHEN THEY SEE US is the story of the boys from their eyes and their hearts. May 31 on @Netflix.