America’s Most Controversial Court Case to Become Netflix Series

Film maker Ava DuVernay has already been nominated for an Oscar for her documentary “13th” and now she’s set to make a return with a true-life series about the “Central Park Five”. For those not familiar with the case, 5 teenagers of colour were arrested for a rape in Central Park, New York. With various failures along the way the five were eventually acquitted in 2014.

It will be a series rather than documentary and each of the five episodes will focus on one of the men. The series will air some time in 2019.

Based on the true story that gripped New York and the world, the series will be a five-episode limited, scripted series that exposes the breakdown of our criminal justice system at every phase of the notorious Central Park Five case. Each part will focus on one of the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise — wrongly convicted of raping Trisha Meili in Central Park. The series will span from the spring of 1989, when each were first questioned about the incident, to 2014 when they were exonerated and a settlement was reached with the city of New York.


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6 thoughts on “America’s Most Controversial Court Case to Become Netflix Series

    1. A fair point but what would you propose?

      Netflix’s press release says: “we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn”

      Basically they were arrested because they weren’t white – i.e. they were “coloured”.

    2. I’d say light brown. Especially as “black” and “brown” mean different things in different countries… :/

      Dunno to be honest. “People of colour” will do as that’s what Netflix’s legal team have said is ok 🙂

    3. Not having a pop by any means, it’s just interesting to me, but “people of color” (used by MLK for example) is quite different to “colored”, which was usually the chosen term used by segregation laws and signage in the USA, hence it’s legacy as a pejorative. Here of course it tended to be used as a seemingly politer alternative to “black” (still used by my parents, and until not long ago by Benedict Cumberbatch).

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