When They See Us presents us with the absolutely horrific true story of 5 teenagers wrongfully convicted of crimes simply because of their race.
Ava Duvernay crafts this four part series with care to absolute perfection, revealing how the police force, criminal justice system and the media let down five completely innocent boys in the worst of ways. This series almost broke me, I found myself utterly mesmerised by the stellar performances all round as well as the beautiful cinematography.
The series is split into two distinct parts, the first two episodes deal with the night of the assault and the court case, whereas the following two show what each of the boys went through after as they grew into adulthood.
Backed up by an impressive supporting cast, most of the five main characters are portrayed by two actors each (one young version and one adult) Jharrel Jerome pulls double duty playing Korey Wise throughout the entire season, pulling no punches at all he shines as my favourite performance of the year so far, he survey deserves an Emmy for this.
When They See Us is a series not to be missed, it should be shown everywhere, it is insanely powerful, hard to watch, depressing and horrifying.
Do not sleep on When They See Us when it premieres on Netflix at the end of the month!