“Fruitvale Station was a poignant; touching story that focused on a young man (Oscar Grant) getting his life right for himself, and his family. A story that proved; bad things happen to good people.”
Timothy L. Sanders
Fruitvale Station is the true to life story of Oscar Grant, a California native in the prime of his life; trying to make all the right moves for a positive future for his family. Written & Directed by Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale made its debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The independent drama film ultimately won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic Film at the festival. Later going on to win the Best First Film Award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. The movie is scheduled to be released nationwide on July 19, 2013.
Fruitvale Station is centered around the main character, Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan – The Wire) whom worked within himself to make a better life. He gave up dealing drugs, cheating, and anything negative that would affect his daughter, Tatiana (Ariana Neal) or his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz). He was a good father, friend, boyfriend and son. Leaving all bad things behind, he honored his mother (Octavia Spencer – The Help).
After celebrating his mother’s birthday on New Years Eve, he proceeded to take a trip to San Francisco with his girlfriend and best friends to enjoy bringing in the New Year with family. At the urging of his mother, he took the BART train system instead of driving. After running into an enemy on the train, they proceeded to get into a fight on the train. The BART police pulled only the black people off the train in a profiling situation. While trying to calm the situation, Oscar begins to get roughed up by the police; ending in one police shooting him in the back for no reason at all. Oscar Grant died in the hospital leaving behind family members who loved him to no end, including his daughter who he adored and also adored her father.
It was a senseless crime that caused a major protest in California. It was amazing how the writer/director reenacted the issue on film. A much needed movie that deserved all the attention it received locally. It should have been more of an uproar nationally. It was a major lesson in Black History, and showed that racial profiling still exists.
Fruitvale Station hits theaters nationwide July 19, 2013. It is a must-see!!!
Thank you to Ryan Coogler and the cast for bringing the Fruitvale tragedy back to the forefront of the world. We need this… Just as we need more people like Oscar Grant in the world.
*My condolences to the family of Oscar Grant*