The Central Park Five explores the infamous April 1989 assault that left a woman near death, and five minority youths convicted until another man’s confession ultimately exonerated them. Present-day interviews and news footage from the time of the crime and trials paints a vivid portrait of a city that responded to this crime with fear and panic; it’s equally chilling in capturing interrogation methods that make getting a confession more important than getting the truth. Police and prosecutors refused to participate in the film, but it’s still potent as the personal story of the five convicted scapegoats—-now adults, trying to piece shattered, partially lost lives back together—-told in their own voices.
The Utah Film Center free screening is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m. at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center (138 W. 300 South). Legendary documentary director Ken Burns co-directed with his daughter Sarah Burns and Sarah's husband, David McMahon. Stay after the film for a live Q&A with Sarah Burns and David McMahon.