Felicity Huffman appears in Ava DuVernay’s Netflix series trailer

Felicity Huffman and Ava DuVernay

Felicity Huffman and Ava DuVernay

The synopsis from Netflix states that the series "ill chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of color, labeled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit". The case, known as the "Central Park jogger case", revolved around a white female jogger, Trisha Meili, who was assaulted and raped in Central Park on April 19, 1989, late at night. But as the Ava DuVernay project makes clear in its first full trailer, what you know is the lie they told you. "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". Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the assault and rape of white female jogger Trisha Meili, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of NY in 2014.

Following the stirring teaser trailer released last month, Netflix pulled out the big guns for the official trailer for When They See Us, which teases the limited series' star-studded cast, including Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo, and Felicity Huffman.

In addition to producing, DuVernay also co-wrote and directed all four installments.

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The five teens all confessed but their lawyers insisted they were coerced into the confessions during hours of interrogations. Based on the true story of the Central Park Five, When They See Us is poised to be an emotional look into the case as we've never seen before.

What is When They See Us about?

That's why, in keeping with the miniseries' social goal, Participant Media, in collaboration with Color Of Change, Vera Institute of Justice, Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College, and The Opportunity Agenda, among others, will launch a social impact campaign aimed at supporting the work of the criminal justice reform movement. The campaign will focus on shifting perceptions of black and brown youth in media coverage and helping prosecutors with new approaches rooted in human dignity and racial equity.

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