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This is one of Netflix most important projects and one of the most important Ava DuVernay creations. This is important series that the world and especially black men need to see. These are stories why your mother, wife, or sister call you hundreds times a day or ask you a thousand questions a day because things like this take place all the time in America.

On the night of April 19, 1989, a brutal rape occurred in Central Park, setting off a chain of events that went on to capture the nation’s attention and forever alter the lives of five teens who were wrongly accused of the crime. Thirty years later, When They See Us highlights one of the most shocking and catalyzing instances of injustice in recent decades. Academy Award Nominee Ava DuVernay brings the full stories of Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Jr., Kevin Richardson and Korey Wise to life as they unfold over the four part limited series.  When They See Us will be released on Netflix on May 31.  

The series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014. When They See Us was created by Ava DuVernay, who also co-wrote and directed the four parts.

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Alongside the release of When They See Us, Participant Media, in collaboration with Color Of Change, Vera Institute of Justice, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College, and The Opportunity Agenda, among others, will launch a social impact campaign aimed at supporting the work of the criminal justice reform movement. The campaign will focus on shifting perceptions of Black and Brown youth in media coverage and helping prosecutors with new approaches rooted in human dignity and racial equity. The series debuts globally on Netflix on May 31.


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