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Fruitvale Station (2013)Fruitvale Station (2013)

           Fruitvale Station won several awards at both Sundance and Cannes for its dramatization of the murder of 22-year-old Oscar Grant by BART police in Oakland on December 31, 2008. It's the first film by director Ryan Coogler, who was still a film student at USC when he pitched the idea back in 2011. The movie opens with a real life cell phone video of the incident, showing the chaos that led to Grant being shot in the back by police while he was lying face down on the pavement. The officer said he mistook his gun for his taser. He was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and served 11 months in jail. The majority of the film then cuts to the last day in Grant's life, and his efforts to get his life back on track after having served time in jail. The movie ends with a (fictional) version of his murder, and, finally, real footage of the protests four years later about what happened. As fate would have it, the film was released right after George Zimmerman was acquitted for shooting Trayvon Martin.

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