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‘When They See Us’, a relevant story on the gross miscarriage of justice

Teddy Hans

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Thu, June 20, 2019  /  04:29 pm
‘When They See Us’, a relevant story on the gross miscarriage of justice

With pride: Yusef Salaam, played by Ethan Herisse, is guided into the courtroom by his mother surrounded by both supporters and protesters in Netflix' 'When They See Us'. (Netflix/-)

When They See Us, a new television series from director Ava DuVernay for Netflix, is challenging and disturbing to watch, but it is also an extremely important show. Director Ava DuVernay’s mini-series When They See Us depicts the real-life story of the famed Central Park Five case. The case, which took place in 1989 in New York, centered around the assault and rape of 28-year-old Trisha Meili, rocked the city and the country. Five boys, four African-American and one Hispanic, were put on trial for the crime, and the series follows their arrest, court cases, incarceration and eventual exoneration in 2002. The series consists of four episodes and each is over an hour long and individually dives into a different chapter of the story. The first episode focuses on the infamous night of the rape and how the boys – Kevin Richardson (Asante Blackk), Antron Mc...