Netflix and Ava DuVernay have released a trailer and the debut date for the directors long awaited series based a true crime and prosecution of 5 wrongly convicted teens in NYC. The series was originally called Central Park Five but has now been changed to When They See Us. DuVernay spoke about why the name was changed saying
“In 1989, five black and brown teen boys were wrongly accused of a crime they did not commit and branded The Central Park Five, a moniker that has followed them since that time. In 2019, our series gives the five men a platform to finally raise their voices and tell their full stories, In doing so, Korey, Antron, Raymond, Kevin and Yusef also tell the story of many young people of color unjustly ensnared in the criminal justice system, We wanted to reflect this perspective in our title, embracing the humanity of the men and not their politicized moniker.”
The series will debut on Netflix May 31 and stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, Felicity Huffman and John Leguizamo. You can see the announcement on Twitter from Ava and the new trailer below
Not thugs. Not wilding. Not criminals. Not even the Central Park Five. They are Korey, Antron, Raymond, Yusef, Kevin. They are millions of young people of color who are blamed, judged and accused on sight. May 31. A film in four parts about who they really are. WHEN THEY SEE US. pic.twitter.com/QQBVqo4TYM
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 1, 2019
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