Friday, April 12, 2013

The Central Park Five Author/CoDirector Sarah Burns at Salve Regina

In partnership with Salve Regina University in Newport, we are pleased to announce author and filmmaker Sarah Burns (daughter of the award-winning director, Ken Burns) will speak at the University on Thursday, April 25, about "Documenting Injustice: The Story Behind The Central Park Five and One of New York's Most Infamous Crimes."

The presentation - the Salve Regina Atwood Lecture for spring - will include a screening of parts of The Central Park Five, as well as a question and answer period after Ms. Burns's speaking presentation.

Details of this free event are:

Date of Event:  Thursday April 25, 2013
Time:               6:30 p.m.
Location:          Bazarsky Lecture Hall 
                        O’Hare Academic Center 
                        Salve Regina University

The Central Park Five tells the story of five minority teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of beating and raping a white woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. They were later exonerated in 2002.

The film chronicles "The Central Park Jogger Case" (as it came to be known) from the perspective of these five teenagers, whose lives were upended by this miscarriage of justice.

Rhode Island PBS will air the full documentary, The Central Park Five, on Thursday, May 2 at 8 p.m., with rebroadcasts Saturday, May 4 at 12:30 a.m. and noon, and on Learn on Tuesday, May 7 at 8 p.m.

More information about the film can be found here.