The true story of the five African American and Hispanic teens who were wrongfully accused and convicted of the rape of a jogger in Central Park made headlines in 1989 in the wake of the attack and over the course of the subsequent trial.
Now, with When They See Us, DuVernay will tell the stories of Anton McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise, who were accused of the rape and assault of Trisha Ellen Meili in the spring of 1989.
In development since 2017, the five-part series will cover the 25 years from their trial and conviction to their exoneration and the $41 million settlement they received from New York City.
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