Central Park was New York City’s place of refuge and openness until April 19, 1989 when a woman was brutally assaulted and left for dead. Author Sarah Burns turned her research about the event into a documentary film detailing the racially charged convictions of five black and Latino youth. They were exonerated over a decade later when another man confessed to committing the crime.
The award-winning film was written, directed, and produced by Sarah, (her husband) David McMahon, and Ken Burns (yes, her father, the Ken Burns).
The film is showing this Saturday at the Colonial Theater in Keene as part of the Monadnock International Film Festival – Ken Burns will be attending the screening, along with Yusef Salaam, and Raymond Santana - two of the Central Park Five.
The Central Park Five movie trailer: