America’s Leading Documentary Filmmaker, Ken Burns, and Exonerated Convict Raymond Santana Talk ABout ‘The Central Park 5′

by Peter B. Collins on November 30, 2012




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America’s celebrated documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns, talks about The Central Park Five, along with Raymond Santana, one of the 5 innocent teens convicted for a vicious crime.

Burns shares the credit for this film with his daughter, Sarah, and son-in-law David McMahon. It recounts the 1989 assault and rape of a white female jogger in Central Park, for which 5 teenagers of color were arrested, interrogated, charge and convicted–despite the fact that the “confessions” they agreed to under duress did not agree in the most fundamental aspects, and that there was no DNA match with any of the 5 teenagers.

This film is highly recommended, and does an excellent job of capturing the sensational media and political strom that raged as these innocent boys were railroaded to prison.

Raymond Santana shares his story of the intimidation that led him to sign a false confession, and the terror he lived with, knowing he was innocent.

This interview was recorded in early October, when Burns and Santana were screening the film at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

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