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BURNS’S DOCUMENTARY ACHIEVES ITS GOAL FOR CENTRAL PARK FIVE

November 13, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Ken Burns may soon be able to add a new coda to his devastating documentary, The Central Park Five, which tells how five men were railroaded into confessing that they had raped a woman in Central Park in 1989 but who were finally released from prison after 16 years and exonerated when DNA testing led to the actual rapist. Appearing on HuffPost Live on Tuesday, Burns announced that New York’s newly elected mayor, Bill deBlasio, has agreed to settle the civil suit that the men had filed against the city. “Though this is justice delayed way too long and that is justice denied,” he said, “they will have justice; they will see some closure; they will be able to be made whole.” The Central Park Five had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May of last year before being released theatrically in November. It also aired on PBS in April of this year.