Ava DuVernay is backing directing dramas that will leave an impact on the culture. She’s partnered with Netflix to air a 5 part limited series, detailing the stories of the Central Park Five that is set to air in 2019.
“The story of the men known as 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,” DuVernay told Rolling Stone.
The five men were convicted of the rape, assault, and sodomization of jogger Trisha Meili in 1989. Each spent 13 years in prison before the actual rapist came forward and their names were cleared after DNA testing corroborated the confession. The Central Park five were released in 2002 and sued New York City for $41 million.