CARBONDALE - A series of local events will mark the the April debut of “Central Park Five,” the newest film from award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns and co-directors/producers David McMahon and Sarah Burns.
The events are sponsored by WSIU Public Broadcasting, the SIU Center for Inclusive Excellence, the SIU Black Male Initiative and the Carbondale Public Library.
“Central Park Five” tells the story of Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, and Korey Wise, five black and Latino teenagers from Harlem who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in New York City’s Central Park in 1989.
The film chronicles The Central Park Jogger case, for the first time, from the perspective of the five teenagers.
A free screening and discussion of the film will take place at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14 at the Carbondale Public Library, 405 West Main.
At 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, WSIU-TV 8.1 and WUSI-TV 16.1 will broadcast the two-hour documentary.
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, the general public is invited to participate in “Justice and the Central Park Five” at SIU Morris Library’s Guyon Auditorium.
The event will include a livestream conversation with film producers Ken and Sarah Burns and four of the five exonerated men. It will be streamed from The Times Center in New York. The group will be interviewed by New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer for the newspaper’s TimesTalks series. A question-and-answer led by SIU Criminology and Criminal Justice graduate Nick Bates will follow.