Ava DuVernay’s 'When They See Us' Was Designed to Inspire Change
Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, who received NCCD’s 2017 Media for a Just Society Award in the film category for 13th, brings another powerful story to the small screen later this month. When They See Us, a four-part Netflix series, debuts May 31 and tells the story of the “Central Park Five.” Those who were old enough to be watching the news 30 years ago will likely remember the story of a horrific rape and beating that happened to a white woman who was jogging in New York City’s Central Park. Soon after the crime, five boys of color, ages 14 to 16 years, were arrested and eventually served prison sentences that ranged from six to 13 years. No forensic evidence tied the boys to the crime, and they claimed their confessions were coerced by police. However, it wasn’t until after an individual who was incarcerated for both murder and rape confessed to the crime that the five men were exonerated. Read more about When They See Us here.