A two-hour documentary about five New York teenagers whose convictions in the infamous 1989 Central Park jogger rape case were overturned after years spent in prison, and their current search for justice.
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Racial profiling is a major issue in the justice system and implicitly right-wing media framing agendas. The police have a difficult job in solving cases of abuse, but this example from 1989 is a cautionary tale in how not to handle a case. It also raises the grey areas of interrogation, how to identify the difference between a false and true confession, and the authentic meaning of a 'right to a fair trial'.
I just saw this film tonight. It reminded me again of my conviction that if I find myself in a police interrogation room for ANY reason I will take my right to remain silent and my right to an attorney. When they say anything can and WILL be used against you, why would anyone say anything else after that? This is something that all children in the US should be taught.
Incendiary documentary explores the infamous case of the Central Park Jogger, who was brutally raped in 1989, leading to the arrest and conviction of five innocent African American and Hispanic teenagers. A clear-eyed portrait of racial injustice and police coercion, Ken Burns' powerful film reveals a corrupt NYC justice system that ruined the lives of 5 young men and still refuses to admit its mistake.
This might be the best documentary i've ever seen. I also liked how at the beginning, a montage of old photographs of NYC was shown; some of my favourite photographers work was displayed here (Bruce Davidson, etc).
The justice system is so corrupt- it makes you wonder whether at this point in time, anything will ever change. This is a very well made, heartbreaking and effective documentary.. everyone should see it.
Film Comment's Chris Chang writes, "The film, in some ways a primer on the perennial intractability of racial prejudice, clearly intends to be some sort of vindication of its five central figures. It succeeds in the first respect but falls wide of the mark in the second." While those kids were railroaded, they did do a lot of f*cked up stuff that night, victims who victimized others. I'd have liked that addressed.