Monday, June 17, 2013

The Central Park Five 2012

The Central Park Five     This documentary was originally shown on PBS television.  In 1989, a 28 year-old woman was attacked, hit several times on the head with a tree branch and raped while jogging about 9PM in Central Park of New York City.  Six teenagers from Harlem had been in the park and they were brought in for questioning.  There was a rush to indict suspects by the police, the media was clamoring for sensational stories and the usually complacent public was outraged.
     This is a powerful and moving film.  The teens were between 14 and 16 years old, there were confessions but they were after they had been held for a long time, they were under a lot of pressure and stress plus they were lied to and told what they should say.  4* (I liked this movie)

119 min, Doc directed by Ken and Sarah Burns, David McMahon with Anton McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Yusef Salaam, Kharey Wise.

Note:  Imdb 7.6 out of 10, 94% critic 85% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.

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