Oscar-nominated director Ava DuVernay has been behind some of the most prolific films and documentaries of our time. After directing the Oscar-winning Selma, DuVernay joined forces with Netflix for 13th, an in-depth look at racial inequality within the prison system. Netflix has just green lit her next project, Central Park Five.
The story of the men known as Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent teens of color who were met with injustice at every turn – from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would become President of the United States. Great respect to our dear brothers Raymond, Kevin, Korey, Antron and Yusef for allowing me the honor of telling their stories. ✊
It’s one of the most heartbreaking stories about the persecution of young black men. The Central Park Five, as they became known, were five young men in their teens wrongly accused of the most heinous act, stripped of their reputation, dignity and freedom without evidence or witnesses. When a white women gets raped in NYC Central Park, the city went on a rampage and they wanted someone to pay.
As DuVernay’s social media post states, one of the most influential people to call for the execution of these innocent young men was Donald Trump.
The limited series hasn’t been given a release date but we are excited for Ava to bring this story to life.
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