When They See Us has become one of the most talked about series of 2019 after all four episodes were released on Netflix in May 2019. When They See Us was the name given to the series by creator and director Ava DuVernay as tells the true stories of the Central Park Five on-screen. DuVernay had given the series a different working title prior to the series release.
When They See Us was not the working title for the Netflix Original series.
DuVernay revealed what the original name was and reason for the change on Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now.
The Netflix series director had given the series the working title ‘The Central Park Five’ but decided against using it when the series came to air.
DuVernay said: “Central Park Five felt like it was something that had been put upon the real men by the press, by the prosecutors, by the police,
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“It took away their faces, it took away their families, it took away their pulses and their beating hearts. It dehumanised them
“They are Yusef [Salaam], Antron [McCray], Kevin [Richardson], Raymond [Santana] and Korey [Wise],
“Those are their names and we need to know them. So it became really important to think about that.
“My job as director is to look at everything and the title was a big part of it – the first time you see the movie is when it walks up to you and says: ‘Hi, my name is..’
“So it needed to be more than Central Park Five.”