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Directed by Sarah Burns, David McMahon, Ken Burns

United States 2012 119 mins. In English

Based on Sarah Burns’s powerful book and co-directed by her husband, David McMahon, and father, Ken Burns, their film tells the harrowing story of the five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted and imprisoned for of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989. As it chronicles the appalling “crime of the century,” shocking police misconduct, the media circus, and the trial, The Central Park Five offers an illuminating examination of racial and class divide and the failures of America’s justice system. Following the film will be a discussion led by Janice Puracal, co-founder of the Oregon Justice Resource Center’s Oregon Innocence project; Steve Wax, Oregon’s federal public defender from from 1983 to 2014 and is now Legal Director of the OIP; and author Nick Yarris, who spent 20 years on death row for a crime he did not commit and has written about his experience. Co-presented with the the Oregon Innocence Project, which is administered by the Oregon Justice Resource Center. Admission by contribution to benefit OIP and NWFC.

Genres: Documentary

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