I’ve asked this question too many times since May 31. I couldn’t think of a better caption…
When They See Us is Ava DuVernay‘s newest film project currently showing on Netflix. The mini-series details in an approximately 4-hour emotional roller coaster, the arrest and unjust imprisonment of 4 Black boys and one Hispanic boy between the ages of 14 – 16 in 1989. Korey Wise, Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray and Yusuf Saleem each served time.
DuVernay‘s reexamination of the 1989 tragedy hit its mark as a time and social conscious motion picture.
It promises to strip you of every single tear you’ve saved for a memorable day. If you have never heard of the tragic 1989 Jogger Case, this reopening is equally a perfect history teacher.
DuVernay‘s ability as a filmmaker is a marvel to behold and When They See Us is just another indicator that the 46-year-old filmmaker knows her onions. In recent times, no screenplay has elicited as many feelings as this did. All thanks to impeccable directing, screenwriting, acting, customing, casting, cinematography. This movie ticks all my boxes!
Did you notice the close resemblance between the actors and their subjects?
It’s been days since I saw this movie, and I still can’t shake off how sensitive it made me feel- as a woman who hopes to be a parent someday and a girl who was only recently a teenager.
The knowing that 30 years later, there are several reports of Blacks who weren’t as lucky as the Central Park 5 (they each received $41 Million in compensation from the state) is probably the saddest part. Also, the fact that Linda Fairstein (Lead Prosecutor and Head of Sex Crimes unit of the Manhattan District Attorney’s office) still enjoys her freedom despite the cruelty meted out to the teenagers under her watch. She even went on to become a bestselling author while the DA, Elizabeth Lenderer went on to become a Law lecturer at Columbia Law School where she lectures till tomorrow.
Donald Trump paid $85,000 for an ad that was released two weeks after the Jogger case made headlines. The ad was a plea (a rather convincing one) for the judge to give the schoolboys a death penalty.
Have you seen When They See Us? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.