“This case is a lens through which we can understand the on-going fault-line of race in America,” said Sarah Burns, who also wrote The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding, (Knopf, 2011). “These young men were convicted long before the trial, by a city blinded by fear and, equally, freighted by race. They were convicted because it was all too easy for people to see them as violent criminals simply because of the color of their skin.”

The film airs on PBS Tuesday April 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm EST. For more information, go to: http://www.pbs.org/kenburns/centralparkfive/