WE REGRET THAT AYA DE LEON IS UNABLE TO INTRODUCE TONIGHT'S SCREENING.
Director of June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, Leon teaches poetry, spoken word, and hip hop at UC Berkeley; she is the author of the novel Uptown Thief.
Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand,
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).