Acclaimed director and filmmaker Ava DuVernay is getting ready to share her latest work, a series titled "They See Us."
The upcoming limited series, which will be available for streaming on Netflix beginning May 31, tells the story of five black teenage boys who were falsely convicted of the brutal rape of a jogger in New York City thirty years ago.
The group, which was dubbed by the media as The Central Park Five, garnered national headlines for years stemming from the accusation. Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise were first questioned in 1989. Decades later, they were exonerated in 2002 and reached a settlement with the city in 2014.
"In 1989, five black and brown teen boys were wrongly accused of a crime they did not commit and branded The Central Park Five, a moniker that has followed them since that time. In 2019, our series gives the five men a platform to finally raise their voices and tell their full stories," DuVernay stated. "In doing so, Korey, Antron, Raymond, Kevin and Yusef also tell the story of many young people of color unjustly ensnared in the criminal justice system. We wanted to reflect this perspective in our title, embracing the humanity of the men and not their politicized moniker."
The project features contributions from from Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo and Felicity Huffman, among others, as well as spans over two decades to tell the complete story and examine its societal impact.
Taking to Twitter on Friday (March 1), the renowned filmmaker offered a first look trailer.
"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," she wrote.
DuVernay created, co-wrote and and directed the entire limited series, which wrapped production in NYC last fall. Her previous work includes Selma, A Wrinkle in Time and 13th, among others.
Take a look at the trailer for "They See Us" 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. pic.twitter.com/QQBVqo4TYM— Ava DuVernay (@ava) March 1, 2019