Ava DuVernay To Direct Netflix Limited Mini-Series On The ‘Central Park Five’
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A new 5-part series on the Central Park Five, under the direction of Ava DuVernay, is coming to Netflix. It is based on the 1989 true story of five young Black men wrongly convicted of the brutal rape of a jogger (Trisha Meili) in New York City. DuVernay is also creator of the Oscar-nominated 13th documentary on the mass incarceration of Black men in America (including the private prison and criminal justice system).


“I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on 13th and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there. The story of the men known as the Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn — from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the president of the United States.” – Ava DuVernay

After more than a decade in 2002, the five men (Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise) were freed after DNA evidence cleared them in the case.


According to Cindy Holland of Netflix’s original content team,

“This is one of the most talked-about cases of our time, and Ava’s passionate vision and masterful direction will bring the human stories behind the headlines to life in this series. After powerfully reframing the public conversation about criminality and injustice in 13th, Ava now turns a new lens to a case that exposes deep flaws in our criminal justice system.”

The series will follow the broken system through a span of 1989 to 2014.