Fruitvale Station

Tuesday, September 11
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1hr 25mins // directed by:Ryan Coogler // featuring:Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer

After the screening, please join us for a discussion with Liz Miranda, executive director of the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center, and Malcolm Cawthorne, from Brookline’s Commission for Diversity Inclusion & Community Relations, moderated by Dr. Raul Fernandez.

Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident, wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter.

Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easily. His resolve takes a tragic turn, however, when BART officers shoot him in cold blood at the Fruitvale subway stop on New Year’s Day. Oscar’s life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area – and the entire nation – to its very core.


About Wide Lens

Wide Lens is a film and discussion series that provides a forum for community conversation around pressing social issues and underrepresented perspectives. Events will include a film screening and post-film panel discussion dedicated to a specific topic (e.g. race in America, immigration, #MeToo). Audience members will have the opportunity to join in the discussion following the panel. Wide Lens is supported by a grant from the Brookline Community Foundation.