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The Central Park Five Film Premieres on April 16

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THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, a new film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns, tells the story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time from the perspective of these five teenagers whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

Atlantic provided support for The Central Park Five through a grant to Washington Educational Television Association.

Watch the Film

TV Premiere:  April 16, 2013, 9 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings)
Online:  April 16 – May 1, 2013 on


Video: After the Central Park Five

THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE talk about what the film means to them, how they met Sarah Burns, and what the screenings have been like.

Join Ken Burns for a TimesTalks About “The Central Park Five”

Join Filmmakers Ken Burns and Sarah Burns, New York Times Columnist Jim Dwyer, and four of the Central Park Five on April 17 from 6:30-8 PM ET for a discussion about the issues raised by “The Central Park Five.” 

> Tune in to on April 17 at 6:30 PM ET to watch this event live on the Web.


Join the Discussion

  Share your thoughts on Twitter using #CP5

  Join the conversation on Facebook at


Learn More and Get Involved

> The Innocence Project

The Innocence Project ( is a national litigation and public policy organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted individuals through DNA testing and reforming the criminal justice system to prevent future injustice.

> The Center on Wrongful Convictions of Youth

The CWCY ( is a joint project of the Center of Wrongful Convictions and Children and Family Justice Center at Northwestern University School of Law’s Bluhm Legal Clinic. It is the only innocence project in the country that focuses exclusively on individuals who were convicted or accused of crimes when they were adolescents or younger.

> The Innocence Network

The Innocence Network ( is an affiliation of organizations dedicated to providing pro bono legal and investigative services to individuals seeking to prove innocence of crimes for which they have been convicted and working to redress the causes of wrongful convictions.

> Know Your Rights

This publication of the American Civil Liberties Union ( addresses what rights you have when you are stopped, questioned, arrested, or searched by law enforcement officers.

> Download THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE discussion guide and share your thoughts on the PBS discussion page.

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