'When They See Us'. Picture: Netflix

Based on a true story that gripped the US, "When They See Us" will chronicle the notorious case of five teenagers of colour, labelled the Central Park Five, who were convicted of a rape they did not commit. 

The four-part limited series, which premieres on 31 May, will focus on the five teenagers from Harlem - Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana and Korey Wise. Beginning in the spring of 1989, when the teenagers were first questioned about the incident, the series will span 25 years, highlighting their exoneration in 2002 and the settlement reached with the city of New York in 2014.

"When They See Us" was created by Ava DuVernay, who also co-wrote and directed the four parts.  

Taking to Twitter following the release of teaser-trailer and premiere date announcement, DuVernay wrote: "One of the things I value about Netflix is that it distributes black work far/wide. 190 countries will get WHEN THEY SEE US. Here’s a promo for South Africa. I’ve had just one film distributed wide internationally. Not SELMA. Not WRINKLE. It was 13TH. By Netflix. That matters. (sic)"

The series stars Michael K. Williams, Vera Farmiga, John Leguizamo,  Felicity Huffman, Niecy Nash, Blair Underwood, Christopher Jackson and Joshua Jackson, among others.