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Ava DuVernay Shares Date for Her Central Park Five Netflix Series

DuVernay has announced the release date for Netflix original, ‘When They See Us.’

CENTRAL PARK 5

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay announced the release date for When They See Us, a Netflix limited series about the Central Park Five, on Friday.

The four-part project was co-written and directed by DuVernay and is based on the true story that gripped the country in 1989, when five Harlem teenagers of color–Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise–were convicted of a rape they did not commit.

The story will begin in the spring of 1989, when the teens were first questioned by authorities. It will span 25 years and include their 2002 exoneration and the 2014 settlement from the city of New York.

“In 1989, five black and brown teen boys were wrongly accused of a crime they did not commit and branded the Central Park Five, a moniker that has followed them since that time,” DuVernay said in a statement obtained by EBONY.

The limited series was originally titled after the moniker, but the director and streaming giant wanted to free the men from thatlabel, which has been rooted in racism.

DuVernay added, “In 2019, our series gives the five men a platform to finally raise their voices and tell their full stories. In doing so, Korey, Antron, Raymond, Kevin and Yusef also tell the story of many young people of color unjustly ensnared in the criminal justice system. We wanted to reflect this perspective in our title, embracing the humanity of the men and not their politicized moniker.”

The series stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson and Joshua Jackson.

When They See Us will be available through Netflix starting May 31.

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