Screening and Live Event: The Central Park Five, Presented by The Afrikan Poetry Theatre
Where: Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Ave.
718-777-6888 Price: $10
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Followed by a panel discussion with Yusef Salaam (one of the Five), Erica Ford, Dr. Shango Blake, Willard Beale, Kenny Carter, and Jamal Wilkerson. Moderated by Saiku Branch.
Dirs. Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon. 2012, 120 mins. Digital projection. The powerful documentary The Central Park Five examines the notorious 1989 case in which five black and Latino teenagers were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After the teens spent between six and thirteen years in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. Immediately following the screening will be a panel discussion moderated by Saiku Branch, Executive Director of The Afrikan Poetry Theatre (APT), addressing the still relevant issues raised by the case. Panelists include Yusef Salaam (one of the “Central Park Five”) and community activists Erica Ford (LIFE Camp), Dr. Shango Blake (the Nation’s Hip Hop Principal), Willard Beale (Queens Justice Corp.), Kenny Carter (Fathers Alive in the Hood), and Jamal Wilkerson (Urban Agenda Group). The screening is part of APT’s celebration of Black History Month and is in line with the organization’s mission to support and enrich cross-cultural understanding and discussion. A portion of ticket sales will benefit The Afrikan Poetry Theatre.
This program was organized by APT Executive Director Saiku Branch and Medgar Evers College Professor Kerri Edge in conjunction with MoMI, the Queens Justice Corp, LIFE Camp Inc., and the Jamaica Is…Arts Alliance.Buy tickets/get more info now