Tonight, I encourage you to DVR the latest installment of Ready for Love, Dancing with the Stars or NCIS and turn your attention instead to The Central Park Five which debuts on PBS at 9:00 p.m. EDT (Check local listings).
The Central Park Five is a significant departure for filmmaker Ken Burns, who partnered with his daughter, Sarah Burns, and her husband, David McMahon, to explore the botched investigation and wrongful convictions of five young black and Hispanic youths for the brutal rape and beating of a 28-year-old Wall Street investment banker found near death in New York City’s Central Park in the early morning hours of April 20, 1989.
The film was directly inspired by Sarah Burns’ studies at Yale and her thesis that was later published in book form in 2011 as The Central Park Five: The Untold Story Behind One of New York City’s Most Infamous Crimes. When…
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