The Central Park Five

The Central Park Five

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm

This film is being presented in partnership with the Rochester Museum & Science Center in conjunction with with RACE: Are We So Different?.

In conjunction with the traveling exhibit RACE: Are We So Different?, opening at the Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) on January 19th, WXXI and RMSC have launched a partnership to encourage community dialogue about improving our understanding of one another. WXXI News will explore the everyday experience of race, the contemporary science that is challenging common ideas about race, and the history of these ideas and experiences here in Rochester and across the United States.

As part of this partnership, WXXI will host a free screening of The Central Park Five at the Little Theatre on Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m. (Please note the time change. Originally it was scheduled for 7 p.m.) The documentary examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. Based on Sara Burns best-selling book and co-directed by her husband David McMahon and father, the beloved doc filmmaker Ken Burns, this incendiary film traces tells the riveting tale of innocent young men scapegoated for a heinous crime, and serves as a mirror for our times.

Panelists for the discussion, immediately following the screening, include: Ed Doherty, Vice President of Community Programs at the Rochester Area Community Foundation; LaMarr Jackson, Partner at Harris, Chesworth, O’Brien, Johnstone & Welch, LLP; Nicholas Robertson, lecturer in the departments of Criminal Justice and Sociology/Anthropology at Rochester Institute of Technology; and Perry Ground, Director of the Native American Resource Center at Rochester City School #10.



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This film is being presented in partnership with the Rochester Museum & Science Center in conjunction with RACE: Are We So Different? and Rochester’s Facing Race, Embracing Equity initiative.

WXXI news reports, programming, and special events, in conjunction with RACE: Are We So Different?, are made possible by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities. To learn more, visit: