Although this is in no relation to music whatsoever, I felt the need to make a post about it because it is a subject that hits very close to home for me.
I’m sure many of you have seen previews for this film and have read articles and feedback about it on social networking sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, etc.
For those of you who are oblivious as to what Fruitvale Station is about, let me get you up to date.
Based on a factual event, Fruitvale Station tells the story of 22-year-old Bay Area native Oscar Grant and his tragic shooting death.
On January 1, 2009 at the Fruitvale Station in Oakland, California, an unarmed Grant was fatally shot by Bay Area Regional Transit (BART) officer Johannes Mehserle, who presumably mistook his taser for a gun.
In an effort to focus more on Grant’s humanity, director Ryan Coogler, who is also a Bay Area native, chose not to only touch on the shooting death but Grant’s life altogether – the good, the bad and the ugly.
“I feel like it kind of got muddled over that Oscar is a human being. I feel like what was getting glossed over was the fact that this 22-year-old guy didn’t make it home to the people that he mattered to most. And for unnecessary reasons— his life was cut short unnecessarily.” said Coogler in an interview with The Nation.
I absolutely love the fact that Coogler chose to concentrate on capturing Grant’s life in a way that we will all be able to witness for ourselves to see just how similar his life was in comparison to most of ours.
Flaws and all.
This movie was first brought to my attention a couple of months ago by my professor while I was sitting in my race and gender in the media class and it didn’t take long for my attention to be grasped. I knew right then and there that I would be going to support this film. I really commend Coogler for bringing Grant’s story to life because this kind of situation happens every day in our society and often times is overlooked.
Though I’ve yet to see the movie, I can say that I am thoroughly impressed from just the clips I have watched online. They all are sure to make you shed tears, if not, have you on the verge of them.
Fruitvale Station opened in select theaters on July 12, but this Friday, July 26 it will finally be playing nationwide. So please be sure to go and see this movie when you get a little free time.
Rest in Peace Oscar Grant.