The Central Park Five
|The Central Park Five|
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|Directed by||Ken Burns
|Distributed by||Sundance Selects|
|Running time||119 min|
The documentary provides background, interviews, expert analysis and details of associated facts related to the Central Park jogger case and the conviction of the five suspects. Although four of the suspects had confessed on videotape in the presence of a parent or guardian, they retracted their statements within weeks, claiming that they had been intimidated, lied to, and coerced into making false confessions.
In 2002, convicted rapist and murderer Matias Reyes, serving a life sentence for other crimes but not, at that point, associated by the police with the attack on the jogger Trisha Meili, declared that he had committed the assault when he was 17, and that he had acted alone. The documentary presents analysis to suggest that the police should have connected Reyes to the Central Park case at the time that it happened.
The DNA evidence confirmed his participation in the crime and identified him as the sole contributor of the semen found in and on the victim. Justice Charles J. Tejada of State Supreme Court in Manhattan vacated all convictions against the young men in connection with the jogger attack and a spree of robberies and assaults in the park that night.
Critic A. O. Scott of The New York Times said of the film, which he ranked as the fifth best documentary of 2012: "A notorious crime—the rape of a jogger in Central Park in 1989—is revisited in this painful, angry, scrupulously reported story of race, injustice and media frenzy."
- Schanberg, Sydney (November 26, 2002). "A Journey Through the Tangled Case of the Central Park Jogger". Village Voice. Retrieved 2007-08-21.
Every now and again, we get a look, usually no more than a glimpse, at how the justice system really works. What we see before the sanitizing curtain is drawn abruptly down is a process full of human fallibility and error, sometimes noble, more often unfair, rarely evil but frequently unequal, and through it all inevitably influenced by issues of race and class and economic status. In short, it's a lot like other big, unwieldy institutions. Such a moment of clear sight emerges from the mess we know as the case of the Central Park jogger.
- Scott, A.O. (December 14, 2012). "25 Favorites From A Year When 10 Aren't Enough". The New York Times.
- 73rd Annual Peabody Awards, May 2014.
- "The Central Park Five Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 16, 2013.
- The Central Park Five at the Internet Movie Database
- The Central Park Five at Rotten Tomatoes
- Central Park Five | PBS Official Page