Acclaimed filmmakerÂ Ava DuVernay will add to her socially conscious repertoireÂ of films with an upcoming Netflix miniseries about a group of five young Black men, known as the Central Park Five, who were wrongfully prosecuted for a violent gang rape of a White female jogger in New York Cityâs Central Park in 1989, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
DuVernay will write and direct the five-part series, which will be her second project for Netflix after her Oscar-nominated â13thâ documentary.Â The series, includesÂ Oprah Winfrey and Harpo Films among its high-profile list of executive producers, will break down each phase of the notorious case fromÂ 1989 to 2014.
Each part of the series will focus on one of the five Harlem teenagers Â â Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise â who wereÂ released in 2002 after more than a decade in jail because of DNA evidence.
âThe story of the men known as the Central Park Five has riveted me for more than two decades,â said DuVernay, who also directed Selma and produces Queen Sugar, about the forthcoming project, in a statement. âIn their journey, we witness five innocent young men of color who were met with injustice at every turn â 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.â
At a time when Black Americans are raising their voices about wrongful convictions, DuVernayâs project will hopefully deepen conversations around criminal justice reform.