When They See Us — Official Trailer

source:   www.netflix.com

added: Fri, Apr 19th '19

On the night of April 19, 1989 in Manhattan's Central Park, a 28-year-old female jogger was found brutally beaten and sexually assaulted. She would later slip into a coma for 12 days.

On that same night, five male youths from Harlem -- four African-American and one Latino -- were picked up by the police during a random sweep. Despite any solid evidence, the five teens would later be interrogated by detectives and subjected to hours of intimidation tactics. Eventually, they were all coerced into making false confessions. As a result, the teenagers were found guilty and sent to jail for a crime they didn't commit.

It wasn't until 2002 that a convicted murderer and serial rapist, who was already serving time in prison, finally confessed to the jogger's rape. A DNA test only confirmed his confession.

Acclaimed filmmaker Ava DuVernay (13th, Selma) has turned this shocking true story of "The Central Park Five" case into a new four-part Netflix mini-series, featuring a top-notch cast that includes Jovan Adepo, Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Storm Reid, and Joshua Jackson, among others.

Produced, directed and co-written by DuVernay, "When They See Us" premieres May 31st, only on Netflix. Watch the official trailer, above, which was released today, exactly 30 years after the awful crime took place.

Based on a true story that gripped the country, WHEN THEY SEE US will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.

The four part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem -- Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.


directed by   Ava DuVernay

starring   Jovan Adepo, Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Storm Reid, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez, Asante Blackk

release date   May 31, 2019 (on Netflix)

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