The new title — ‘When They See Us’ — embraces “the humanity of the men and not their politicized moniker,” explains DuVernay. “Our series gives the five men a platform to finally raise their voices and tell their full stories.”
Ava DuVernay and Netflix have renamed their limited series centered on the Central Park Five case to When They See Us. The new title “embraces the humanity of the men and not their politicized moniker,” explains DuVernay of the five men at the center of the four-part miniseries, which releases May 31.
The creator and streaming giant announced the new title and premiere date for DuVernay’s highly anticipated series on Friday with a first look teaser. (Watch that, 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,” tweeted DuVernay.
The timing of the release of When They See Us is notable, as 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the case, when five young black were wrongly convicted of a brutal rape that took place in Manhattan’s famous park in the spring of 1989.
When They See Us: Limited Series | Teaser ~ Video via Netflix
Based on a true story that gripped the country, When They See Us will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit.
The four part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.
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