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The Central Park Five, a Ken Burns Documentary, Now Streaming on

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VIDEO: Trailer for The Central Park Five. Watch the full 2-hour documentary at >

The Central Park Five, a 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.

In light of recent developments in the case, the film is currently streaming at and will be rebroadcast in various markets across the nation.

Watch the Film

> Watch the full documentary at 

> Check your local PBS listings for broadcast times

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 (PDF)

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.

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> Download The Central Park Five discussion guide and share your thoughts on the PBS discussion page.

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


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