In 1989, a crime in Manhattan’s Central Park left the public shocked and appalled. Five black and Latino teenagers were wrongfully accused of raping a female jogger. This case quickly gained national attention for its underlying racial tensions. Now, filmmaker Ken Burns has taken it upon himself to investigate this unfortunate miscarriage of justice.

The documentary delves into how these five teenagers were wrongfully arrested and tried despite the lack of any real evidence against them. It examines the causes behind their wrongful convictions, as well as the lengthy legal battle that ensued afterwards. In addition, it sheds light on the racism that played a part in this injustice, which further divided an already racially charged America at the time.

Ken Burns’s documentary shines an important light on this tragedy and does justice to the victims who had been forgotten for so long. With interviews from both sides of the courtroom as well as expert insight and analysis, it is sure to inform viewers about this important piece of American history while also inspiring empathy for all those involved in this case.

If you are looking to understand more about America’s turbulent past and want to hear stories from those directly affected by it, then watching Ken Burns’s documentary is definitely worth your time. It captures the heart-wrenching events of that time period with respect and care — a must-watch for anyone interested in learning more about our nation’s history and striving for social justice today.