Fruitvale Station

Topics: African American, Police, Constable Pages: 4 (867 words) Published: November 16, 2014

Craig McKittrick
The Study of Theater and Drama in
Expressing Social Change and Social Justice
HUSB 121/F1 McKay
Springfield College
June 2014
Name- The movie title is “Fruitvale Station”
Venue Viewed- DVD Movie
Social Issue- Fruitvale station is a story of a young man with a past legal history getting in his way as he struggles to find his identity. While trying to change his life he encounters unjust treatment at the hands of a brutal police force. Content- Oscar Grant was a twenty two year old African American male in the lead role of a drama about his life and how it tragically ended on January 1, 2009. The movie frames the end of his life first then it replays the previous four years to give background on who this man was as a son and father to his four year old girl. Oscar’s time in prison for drug charges are only part of the makeup of his character. The director was able to show Oscar’s change of direction after his release from prison while attempting to right some of the previous wrongs that he had to live down. This was captured as family, friends and Oscar celebrated while honoring his mothers’ birthday. This movie was based on a true story that happened in San Francisco California in 2009. While traveling home after celebrating New Year’s Eve, Oscar and his fiancé, along with several friends were riding the BART. On the way home a fight erupted on the train and Oscar and his friends were involved. The train stopped then BART police officers grabbed Oscar and three of his friends to question them about the fight. During the questioning several eye witnesses took video on cell phones and it clearly lets you see the overzealous police and hear the crowd as they watched in disbelief during the confrontation Oscar and his friends received from the transit police. In the end one bullet in the back of Oscar, and the chaos that followed, distinctly show his tragic death while he attempted to get home after a...
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