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The Powerful Trailer For Ava Duvernay’s ‘When They See Us’ Is Here

"When They See Us" will be available to stream on Netflix beginning May 31.
Ethan Herisse as Young Yusef Salaam, and Aunjanue Ellis as Sharonne Salaam
By Paula Rogo · April 20, 2019

Netflix has released the official trailer for the Ava Duvernay-directed When They See Us — and it’s powerful!

The limited series tells the story of the  Central Park Five from the perspective of the teens who were wrongly convicted of rape three decades ago. DuVernay created, co-wrote and directed the four-part series.

“In 1989, five black and brown teen boys were wrongly accused of a crime they did not commit and branded The Central Park Five, a moniker that has followed them since that time. In 2019, our series gives the five men a platform to finally raise their voices and tell their full stories,” DuVernay said in a statement about the series.

“In doing so, Korey, Antron, Raymond, Kevin and Yusef also tell the story of many young people of color unjustly ensnared in the criminal justice system. We wanted to reflect this perspective in our title, embracing the humanity of the men and not their politicized moniker,” the acclaimed director explained.

When They See Us features an stellar cast, including Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson, Joshua Jackson, Omar J. Dorsey, Adepero Oduye, Famke Janssen, Aurora Perrineau, William Sadler, Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Aunjanue Ellis, Kylie Bunbury, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Storm Reid, Chris Chalk, Freddy Miyares, Justin Cunningham, Ethan Herisse, Caleel Harris, Marquis Rodriguez, and Asante Black.

When They See Us will be available to stream on Netflix beginning May 31.