Fruitvale Station | Ryan Coogler | 2013

Film - Feature | December 1 | 7 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Aya de Leon, Poetry for the People

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Fruitvale Station begins with chilling cell phone video of Oscar Grant being shot by a BART police officer in the early hours of New Year’s Day 2009, a stark documentary preface to Ryan Coogler’s fictionalized account of the last twenty-four hours of Grant’s life. As Grant, Michael B. Jordan is both tough and tender, struggling but sincere in his efforts to move beyond past transgressions to become a better father, partner, and son. Coogler, a Bay Area native, “examines his subject with a steady, objective eye and tells his story in the key of wise heartbreak rather than blind rage”

- (A. O. Scott).

An introduction to the film will be given by professor, and director of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, Aya de Leon.

 $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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