January 31st 2013 Film/Video
Time 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Admissions / Ticket information Free & open to the public
Campus HC
Location Franklin Patterson Hall (Main Lecture Hall)
Speaker Ken Burns
Title Ken Burns Presents "The Central Park Five."
Phone Contact 413-559-5482
Hampshire College will host a screening of "The Central Park Five" and a question-and-answer session with award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns on January 31 from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall. The event is free and the public is welcome.

The new documentary from Burns, a 1975 graduate of Hampshire, was directed and produced with his daughter Sarah and David McMahon. Cinematography is by Hampshire College graduate Buddy Squires.

The film chronicles the story of the Central Park Jogger case, told for the first time from the perspective of five teenagers whose lives were upended by a miscarriage of justice.

In 1989 the five African American and Latino teenagers from Harlem were arrested and then convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park. They spent between six and 13 years in prison before a serial rapist confessed that he alone had committed the crime, resulting in their convictions being overturned.

Set against the backdrop of a city beset by violence and facing deepening rifts between races and classes, "The Central Park Five" intertwines the stories of the five teenagers, the victim, police officers and prosecutors, and the serial rapist whose confession was corroborated by DNA testing, unraveling the forces behind the wrongful convictions.

Sarah Burns first became fascinated by this story as a Yale college student, when she spent a summer working with a pair of civil rights lawyers who are involved in the ongoing civil suit on behalf of the Central Park Five. She is the author of the book "The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding" (Knopf, 2011).

The film, which is scheduled for national broadcast on PBS in April, has been an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and Toronto International Film Festival.

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