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By John McAfee
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - The Central Park Jogger Case
"The Central Park Five" _ This documentary takes an emotionally charged subject _ the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of five black and Hispanic teenage boys for the rape of a white, female jogger _ and makes its case in a straightforward, detached manner. It is thoughtful, educational and understated, perhaps to a fault _ tonally, the trademark work of veteran documentarian Ken Burns, who directs, writes and produces this time with daughter Sarah Burns, who wrote a book about the crime, and her husband, David McMahon. It efficiently depicts, but doesn't get caught up in, the hysteria of the place and time: a racially and socioeconomically divided New York City in April 1989, when it was rotting with crack cocaine, AIDS and violent crime but also gleaming with the conspicuous consumption of the era. The late-night attack on jogger Trisha Meili _ then a 28-year-old Wall Street investment banker who's now an author and motivational speaker _ became a symbol of this chasm and everything that seemed wrong with society. And the five young men from Harlem who happened to be running around Central Park that night _ Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise (previously spelled Kharey Wise), and Yusef Salaam _ became all-too easy scapegoats. "The Central Park Five" aims to clear their names publicly, once and for all, in a way that much of the press did not when a judge vacated the young men's convictions in 2002. Not rated but contains language and graphic, violent details. 119 minutes. Three stars out of four.
"The Central Park Five" takes an emotionally charged subject _ the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of five black and Hispanic teenage boys for the rape of a white female jogger _ and makes its case in a straightforward, detached manner.
Lawyers for the city are seeking access to footage gathered by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns in research for his movie about the five men exonerated in the Central Park jogger rape case.