Fruitvale Station
Fruitvale Station

Fruitvale Station

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Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily.

Fruitvale Station follows the true story of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter. Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.

Cultural Significance

As human beings, why do we feel empathy towards certain people, and to others none at all? Why do we see some people as human beings, and others just a number, a stereotype, or a statistic? Fruitvale Station is a about getting up close and personal with the type of person who’s story we might only see in glimpses, or faceless headlines. The films follows the true story of Oscar Grant, who like so many young black men like him, has his life cut short unnecessarily by gun violence. But upon close examination, Oscar’s story is like so many others. Not just young black men in America, but anyone who has ever been young, had family members who loved them, and is trying to find their way in the world.

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