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Sunday, December 9, 2012

CINEMA IN NOIR: Why Did the Gripping Doc "Central Park Five" Get Shut Out by the Academy?


Over the past few days local film awards like the New York Film Critics Online and the Boston Film Critics Association have been dishing their picks on the finest in film achievement this years. In the meantime, the Academy has slowly dishing out films that have made it on their shortlists. But noticeably absent from their Best Documentary category? The fascinating and tragic Central Park Five

The documentary details the 1989 wrongful conviction of five African-American teenagers who were accused of the rape and attack of a 28-year-old white woman from New York City's Upper East Side. Their convictions were later overturned 13 years later in 2002 after the real perpetrator confessed to the crime. Igniting debate from and persecution from everyone from journalists to lawyers and NYC residents, the film paints a vivid picture of The Big Apple in racial and political turmoil. It also offers a painfully moving story told in the voices of the teens, now in the 30s and still reeling with the stigma of being an ex con. 

So why was this film shut out of Oscar contention? Omar Moore of Popcorn Reel, who also was very present and vocal on the scene during this time, shares his insight on today's Cinema In Noir. Is Hollywood ready to praise a politically and racially charged film like this that is based on actual events?

Also on the show we discuss which critically acclaimed director Denzel Washignton will work with next, and in which eagerly anticipated film Dennis Haysbert has been cast. 

Last, but not least, we chat with Dennis Dortch of "It's a Good Day to be Black and Sexy" on the challenges of depicting black sexuality on both the big and small screens. 

Catch it all on the recap below:


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