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Ryan Coogler, Fruitvale Station, 2013

Fruitvale Station

24 Jun 20141 Jul 2014

★★★★ 'Brilliantly observed and very moving.'
- Independent
★★★★ 'A tough and moving drama about African-American lives'
- Guardian
★★★★ Telegraph

We already know the ending of writer/director Ryan Coogler’s assured, imaginatively shot debut because the events on which it is based made international headlines in 2009.

A young black man, Oscar Grant (Jordan, The Wire), got into a fight aboard a San Francisco commuter train, and whilst lying prone on the platform restrained by police officers, he was shot dead by one of them. The officer in question served just eleven months in prison for involuntary manslaughter.

The event sparked both peaceful and violent protests, and the outrage is echoed in Coogler’s affecting film with unspoken questions about the worth of a young man’s life.  

Jordan skilfully and sensitively captures the ambivalences in Grant’s character to avoid simple sanctification in this firmly grounded film about justice in an unjust world.

Fruitvale Station, dir. Ryan Coogler, US 2013, 85 mins

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