New Trailer For Netflix’s When They See Us, Written & Directed By Ava DuVernay, Released Today

Early Friday morning, Netflix released the first full trailer for Ava DuVernay’s upcoming miniseries When They See Us. The four-episode series tells the true story of five young African-American and Hispanic male juveniles. who were wrongfully convicted of the rape of Trisha Meili, a white female jogger, on April 19th, 1989. The case was referred to as the Central Park Jogger case and received nation-wide attention at the time.

The case came up again during the 2016 presidential election, due to then real estate mogul Donald Trump having purchased a one page advertisement calling for the death penalty of the five boys. In 2002, the men were exonerated when the real attacker—a convict serving a life sentence—confessed to the crime, with DNA evidence proving it. The five men successfully sued New York City in 2003 for malicious prosecution, racial discrimination, and emotional distress. The five were awarded $41 million in a settlement with the city. As recent as a CNN interview in October of 2016, Trump still believes the five men are guilty.

Related – More Stars Added To Cast Of Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five

Duvernay’s series is bound to grab as much attention as the case itself, providing a look at events from the point of view of the wrongfully-charged boys and their families. She tweeted the trailer earlier today as well, referencing the 30th anniversary of the rape and arrests:

Netflix’s When They See Us premieres on Netflix on May, 31.

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