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AN ORDINARY MAN: Fruitvale Station explores the shooting of Oscar Grant (played by Michael B. Jordan). © 2013 THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Oscar’s last day

Ryan Coogler’s first feature-length film, Fruitvale Station, is a powerful, meditative exploration of one ordinary life that met an extraordinary and tragic end. Oscar Grant (played by the electrifying Michael B. Jordan) was shot to death by a transit police officer after a fight with another passenger at the BART Fruitvale Station on his way home from the New Year’s fireworks in San Francisco on January 1, 2009. Because Grant was a black man shot by a white police officer, the film deals implicitly with larger themes of racism, racial profiling and systematic injustice.

 

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