When They See Us


When They See Us

2019 ‧ Docudrama


In 1989 a jogger was assaulted and raped in New York's Central Park, and five young people were subsequently charged with the crime. The quintet, labeled the Central Park Five, maintained its innocence and spent years fighting the convictions, hoping to be exonerated. This limited series spans a quarter of a century, from when the teens are first questioned about the incident in the spring of 1989, going through their exoneration in 2002 and ultimately the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014. 


"When They See Us" is a gripping portrayal of the Central Park Five – five young men wrongfully convicted of a crime they didn't commit. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the series sheds light on the flaws of the justice system and the human cost of wrongful convictions.

This powerful narrative resonates deeply with the mission of American Justice Project (AJP), which fights against wrongful convictions and abuse of power. AJP's core values of integrity, courage, and inclusivity align closely with the themes of the series.

By advocating for policy reform, providing support for those harmed by wrongful convictions, and mobilizing communities, AJP works towards a fairer and more transparent justice system. "When They See Us" serves as a catalyst for action, inspiring AJP and others to join the fight.


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