The Central Park Five

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Release Date: March 22, 2013

On DVD/VOD: April 23, 2013

1h 59m | Documentary

On April 19, 1989, Trisha Meili was jogging in New York City's Central Park when she was violently assaulted and raped. She wasn't found until four hours later, suffering from hypothermia and nearly dead. Although she survived, she had no memory of the attack.

Five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested. Four officially confessed to the crime and implicated the fifth. A few weeks later they retracted their statements, saying they had been forced to confess. In 1990 they were convicted. In 2002, convicted rapist and murderer Matias Reyes confessed to the crime. DNA evidence supported his claim and he admitted that he had acted alone. All five teens had completed their prison sentences by that time.

Director: David McMahon, Ken Burns, Sarah Burns
Studio: Sundance Selects
Producer(s): David McMahon, Ken Burns, Sarah Burns
Writer(s): Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon

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