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#BossMoves: Ava DuVernay Teams Up With Netflix For Limited Series on Central Park Five

By: Erica Carter

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Ava DuVernay is nothing if not a superwoman. On Thursday, the Academy Award nominee announced that along with her other projects she will be joining the Netflix team again for a limited series on "The Central Park Five." Taking a new turn from her previous Netflix project 13th, a gripping documentary on mass incarceration in America,  this new project will be a scripted series telling the lives of five colored young men who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman jogging through Central Park in 1989.

 

"I had an extraordinary experience working with Netflix on 13th and am overjoyed to continue this exploration of the criminal justice system as a narrative project with Cindy Holland and the team there," DuVernay said in a statement. "The story of the men known as the Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades. In their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn — from coerced confessions to unjust incarceration to public calls for their execution by the man who would go on to be the president of the United States."

 

The Central Park Five endured much hatred and criticism during their trial. One of the main aggressors was current President Donald Trump. Trump is reported to have spent $85,000 on newspaper ads calling for the reinstatement of the calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty for “criminals of every age.”New DNA evidence and a confession from another man led the Central Park Five to be exonerated in 2002, but Trump has maintained as recently as last year that he still believes they are guilty. “They admitted they were guilty," he told CNN in October. “The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same.”

 

The unnamed series will offer a breakdown of how the criminal justice system handled each phase of the infamous case, each part focusing on one of the five Harlem teenagers. It will span from 1989 to 2014. Hopefully the President has a Netflix subscription before its release in 2019.

 
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