"The Central Park Five" Screening and Panel Discussion

  • 3/28/2013 | 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Location: Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium
  • Event Type: Movie/Film

"The Central Park Five" Screening and Panel DiscussionIn 1989, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and later convicted of raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park. They spent between 6 and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, leading to their convictions being overturned.

Set against a backdrop of a decaying city beset by violence and racial tension, The Central Park Five will tell the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, a media clamoring for sensational stories and an outraged public, and the five lives upended by this miscarriage of justice.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the documentary's producers and director - Sarah Burns and David McMahon; History Professor Craig Wilder of MIT, the documentary's consultant; and Raymond Santana, one of the accused.