Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Central Park Five (2012)

An American documentary directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns and David McMahon.
Five boys are coerced by the police to confess to the rape of a woman that they did not commit. They are later sentenced to maximum jail terms for it before the guilty man admits to it.
This was not like Ken Burns at all. I didn't see any zooms in or out on still photos taking up most of the duration. The subject matter dealt with racism and police abusing their power, children forced to give false confessions and a total failure of the criminal justice system. The interviews were done very well and the interviewees showed lots of emotion. The B-roll was relevant and there were some still photos and news footage. I think that the most powerful scene was the men (not boys anymore) standing still and describing how this affected their lives as people walked past in the background. Overall, a pretty decent documentary. I rate this adequate.

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