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Black Youth Project 100 DC Presents: The Central Park Five

Ken Burns

A portion of ticket sales will go to BYP100 DC


BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100) is a member-based abolitionist organization of Black youth activists working through a Black queer feminist lens to create justice and freedom for all Black people. BYP’s DC chapter is working to decriminalize sex work in DC, stop the building of a new jail and to reallocate funding from the police to community-determined programs that address gender-based violence in Black communities.
n 1989, five black and Latino teenagers were arrested and charged with brutally attacking and raping a white female jogger in Central Park. News media swarmed the case, calling them a “wolfpack.”  The five would spend years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit before the truth about what really happened became clear. With THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE, this story of injustice finally gets the attention it deserves. Based on Sarah Burns’ riveting book and co-directed by her husband David McMahon and father, the acclaimed doc filmmaker Ken Burns, this incendiary film tells the riveting tale of innocent young men scapegoated for a heinous crime, and serves as a mirror for our times.
“Central Park is at first discomforting, then enraging, then illuminating.” – New Yorker
“…a sobering indictment of racism and vigilante justice…” – St. Louis Dispatch
“The central power of the film comes from hearing the accused finally telling their own stories.” – Village Voice
“A patient, righteous documentary…” – Entertainment Weekly
“The documentary’s balance between extensive period footage and remarkably intimate present-day interviews underscores both the agonizing amount of time that has elapsed since the original crime and the startling youthfulness of the alleged perpetrators at the time.” – Film Comment

“Careful, thoughtful and devastating.” – New York Times

“A Must-See. A profound indictment of mob mentality. Impeccably edited and well-wrought, painting a vibrant portrait of a time and place.” –  Los Angeles Times

“Infuriating… a concise, informative and upsetting chronicle of a crime.” – New York Times


  • 2/13 | 8:00PM
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