Director: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon

Country: USA

Year: 2012

The Central Park Five is a compelling documentary that tells the complete story of one of the most famous crimes/court-cases in the last few decades in the United States. The case was about a white woman who was jogging at night in Central Park and was assaulted and raped. The NY police department took 5 black and Latino kids to court as the main suspects of this crime. This documentaries tells the story from the perceptive of the media, suspects and detectives as well as shedding the light into untouched topics of this case.


The great thing about this documentary is that it puts things into prospective. The case wasn’t one of a kind in terms of the crime itself but what made it famous was the backdrop of America’s racial tension at the time between white and colored people. This documentary might make you mad or angry and that’s a testament to the makers of it. Movies like this are why documentaries should be made. One of the best documentaries this year.

UNITED STATES - AUGUST 18:  Accused rapist Yusef Salaam is escorted by police.  (Photo by Clarence Davis/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)