Law School film club screening of 'The Central Park Five', 5 March 2019

Leicester Law School film club, Reel Law, screening of documentary on racism and miscarriage of justice in the US.

In 1989 five black and Latino teenagers were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park in New York. After they had spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the offence. In this riveting, award-winning documentary, Oscar-nominated director Ken Burns tells the story of that horrific crime, the rush to judgment by the police, the media clamour for a sensational story, the outraged public, and the five lives upended by this travesty of law enforcement..

The Central Park Five will appeal to anyone interested in human rights, criminal law and the way in which structural racism can cause justice to miscarry.


Date and time: 6.00pm, Tuesday 5 March, 2019
Location: Ken Edwards, Lecture Theatre 2 
Film Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
The event is free and open to all

The screening will be followed by an informal reception where attendees are welcome to stay for a glass of wine and informal chat after the screening.

This event is generously sponsored by Howes Percival.

‘Reel Law’ is a film club established by academic teaching staff and run in collaboration with law students. It screens films relating to all aspects of law and the legislative process, court proceedings, issues of justice and the rule of law and the place of law in society. ‘Reel Law’ aims to enhance students’ critical engagement with the law through film, engage non-lawyers with legal issues and provide opportunities for students and staff to meet.

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