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December 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Ken Burns’s The Central Park Five, which received the New York Film Critics Circle’s Best Documentary award this week, is being released on video-on-demand Friday, two weeks after its theatrical opening, even as IFC expands its platform release. The film is due to open in Chicago on Friday, where Roger Ebert of the Sun-Times and Michael Phillips of the Tribune have added their voices to the chorus of critical praise the film has received. The film tells the story of five young black men who were convicted of brutally attacking and raping a white jogger in Central Park in 1989, only to be exonerated after serving lengthy prison sentences of 6-16 years when the actual attacker confessed and DNA evidence corroborated his confession. In his review, Ebert observes that while the arrests of the young men — the press referred to them as a “wolf pack” — and their convictions attracted enormous national publicity, their exonerations attracted little notice. “Did you remember the ‘wolf pack’ was wrongfully accused?” he asks his readers. Likewise Phillips concludes in the Tribune: “The innocence of the five at the center [of the case] failed to garner the same attention as their rush-to-judgment guilt. This film is a fine, strong corrective.”