***1/2 out of ****
(for strong language, violence, and sexual assault)
Released: May 31, 2019 on Netflix
Runtime: 4 episodes, 300 minutes
Directed by: Ava DuVernay
Starring: Jharrel Jerome, Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse, Marquis Rodriguez, Niecy Nash, Michael Kenneth Williams, John Leguizamo, Vera Farmiga, Felicity Huffman, Famke Janssen, William Sadler, Justin Cunningham, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Storm Reid
My review of When They See Us, for The Tulsa Voice. It’s the new four-part, five-hour Netflix miniseries that dramatizes the events of The Central Park Five, when a group of teenage African-Americans were wrongfully convicted of the rape and assault of a New York City jogger in 1989.
The miniseries is directed and co-written by Ava DuVernay (Selma, A Wrinkle In Time).
A review excerpt:
“DuVernay takes us through the night, the trials, and the aftermath of those events from the perspective of the five, along with their families, with a visceral immediacy that doesn’t overplay its hand. It’s all sickeningly credible.”
To read my full review, click here.