Take an inside look at the much-talked about Netflix limited series “When They See Us” in this behind-the-scenes video featuring interviews with The Exonerated Five (Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Jr., Korey Wise) and Ava DuVernay, among others. The video highlights the different phases of the criminal justice system and dissects how that system can get it wrong.
On the background:
- On 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, this series is a reflection on one of the most shocking and catalyzing instances of injustice, and how it’s still relevant today.
- 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.
- The limited series is now streaming on Netflix.
When They See Us Synopsis:
Based on a true story that gripped the country, When They See Uswill chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. The four part limited series will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem — Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.
Ava DuVuernay, the creative force behind When They See Us, co-wrote and directed the four parts. Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King from Participant Media, Oprah Winfrey from Harpo Films, and Jane Rosenthal, Berry Welsh and Robert De Niro from Tribeca Productions executive produced the limited series alongside DuVernay through her banner, Array FilmWorks. In addition to DuVernay, Attica Locke, Robin Swicord, Michael Starrbury and Julian Breece also served as writers on the limited series.
The series stars Emmy Award® Nominee Michael K. Williams, Academy Award® Nominee Vera Farmiga, Emmy Award® Winner John Leguizamo, Academy Award® Nominee and Emmy Award® Winner Felicity Huffman, Emmy Award® Nominee Niecy Nash, Emmy Award® Winner and two-time Golden Globe Nominee Blair Underwood, Emmy Award® and Grammy Award® Winner and Tony Award® Nominee Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez, and Asante Blackk.