When They See Us
When They See Us tells the story of five young teens of color who were convicted of the 1989 rape and assault of a woman in New York City’s Central Park. Commonly known “Central Park Five,” the young boys were divided by prosecutors into two groups, questioned and brutally interrogated until law enforcement received a forced confession.
Co-writtena and directed by Ava DuVernay, When They See Us does a terrifyingly good job at visually expressing what happens to a young, frightened and beaten down individual who is persuaded by police and law officials that the only way to make the nightmare stop is to confess to a crime they didn’t commit.
Kevin Richardson (Asante Blackk), Antron McCray (Caleel Harris), Yusef Salaam (Ethan Herisse), Korey Wise (Jharrel Jerome), and Raymond Santana (Marquis Rodriguez) are the protagonists in the series, but the show also focuses on how the investigation devastates the lives of the boys’ families. The show, not surprisingly, received 11 award nominations for its performances and casting at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.