On April 19, 1989, a female jogger was brutally attacked in New York’s Central Park. Five teenagers of color, later labeled the Central Park Five, were immediately accused of committing the crime despite a lack of evidence presented.
Now, on the incident’s 30th anniversary, Netflix released the trailer for When They See Us, the four-part miniseries based on the notorious wrongful conviction case. The series, told from the perspective of the accused young men, chronicles the events from when they were first questioned to their arrest, exoneration in 2002, and settlement with the city of New York in 2014.
The emotional trailer highlights courtroom battles, interrogations and family devastation as the group tries to prove their innocence despite everything working against them.
“Why are they doing us like this?” one boy asks in the trailer.
“What other way they ever do us?” another replies.
Created by director Ava DuVernay, the limited series has a star-studded cast that includes Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson and Famke Janssen.
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 produce the limited series alongside DuVernay through her banner, Array FilmWorks.