Subtitle Ava DuVernay’s new film will portray the “Central Park Five” case which led to the unjust conviction of five Black and Brown boys in NYC
Thirty years ago today the heinous Central Park rape rocked America and destroyed the lives of five Black and Brown boys who were unjustly convicted for the crime. It seemed only fitting that Netflix would chose today to release the first full trailer for When They See Us. It’s the new mini-series from Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay about the teenagers and the infamous Central Park Five case.
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DuVernay also shared the trailer with fans and tweeted, “On this exact day 30 years ago, a woman was raped in Central Park. Five black + brown boys were framed for her rape. The story you know is the lie that police, prosecutors and Donald Trump told you. WHEN THEY SEE US is the story of the boys from their eyes and their hearts.”
The four-part series is based on the true and tragic national story of the “Central Park Five” after five teenagers of Black and Latino descent were falsely convicted of a rape. The tagline appropriately reads, “The story you know is the lie they told you.”
Watch the trailer here.
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The series will follow the teens Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Korey Wise and their families.
Sources say the film will span 25 years – taking us from the time when they boys were first questioned in the spring of 1989, then into 2002 when they were exonerated and finally 2014 when the settlement was reached in the city of New York.
Justice for the five boys was finally reached in 2002 after DNA evidence exonerated them. A judge awared the, now men, and their families $41 million in a settlement.
But money couldn’t repair the damage. In fact, one of the men, Antron McCray, spoke with The New York Times about just how much he had to lose.
“Here’s the reason why I escaped New York: I just had to get away,” Mr. McCray said. “Start a new life.”
“Actually uh,” he continued. “I don’t even go by Antron McCray no more.”
In a documentary about the boys by Ken Burns, Robert Santana said he “cursed God and lost his faith.
DuVernay is credited as the co-writer and director of the four-part limited series, premiering Friday May 31.
Watching the trailer, we can already get a sense of the emotional turmoil each of these families went through during the arrest, trial, conviction and sentence of these five boys.
The Netflix original is packed with an all-star cast and some of the most promising newcomers – including Michael K. William, John Leguizam, Niecy Nash and Blair Underwood
DuVernay’s announcement of the trailer was reshared on Twitter over 12,000 times. Fans poured in with their admiration, feelings of anger and sadness for the unfortunate story of these young men.
MelancholyDame commented, “Gonna have my heart broken all over again watching this but THANK YOU for telling this story. Especially now.”
Deliz reflected back on one of the first lines from the trailer when she tweeted, “Is my mom here? the trailer alone made me angry and anguished over the injustice done to these young men and their parents.”
To which Sakora1120 replied, “The injustice goes straight to the heart….”
Some fans were both inspired by the filmmaking and angered to see what these families had to go through.
TheTruthWillSetYouFree tweeted, “I will make sure to watch this film. The trailer alone is both breaking my heart and filling me with rage. Shame on us for these injustices. These continuing racial injustices. #WhenTheySeeUs”
While Jamesmcelweejr shared, “My God. This is soooo need, yet so infuriating.”
Others thanked DuVernay for using her platform and talents to serve communities of color by telling their stories.
Blackbird25 replied, “Thank you for using your platform and power for the greater good. You’re a hero of mine.”
CodyWilshire had this to say, “This trailer had me feeling so many emotions chiefly amongst them were heartbreak, rage, and disappointment. This will be a heavy but necessary viewing.”
Written By: Michae Baisden