After a woman was raped, beaten, and left for dead in the haunting 1989 New York City case forever known as that of the Central Park Jogger, five black and Latino teens from Harlem were arrested and convicted, and served sentences for crimes it was later proved they did not commit. This patient, righteous documentary by Ken Burns, David McMahon, and Sarah Burns recounts the story of justice undone (a serial rapist confessed) with extensive interviews, a thorough use of archival footage, and a less-than felicitous use of ominous-rumble music that unnecessarily insists, Isn’t this an outrage? B+
MEN'S CENTRAL Accused rapist Yusef Salaam is escorted by police into courthouse in The Central Park Five (Clarence Davis/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Genre: Documentary; Director: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon; Runtime (in minutes): 119; MPAA Rating: Unrated
Posted November 23 2012 — 12:00 AM EST
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