Fruitvale Station was a really powerful way to start the Guanajuato International Film Festival 2013. It's a great and difficult drama that puts us in the Bay Area, with the real-life story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African American who was shot by a police officer at a BART station. Personally, I didn't know this tragic story, so the film was, in every possible way, a worthy experience. Here's an extract of Sean Smithson's review for Twitch:
"Anyone who has ever been poor, and lived in an area where you can make your way doing some shady shit, is going to know exactly where Oscar's head is at here. Anyone who hasn't? Director (Ryan) Coogler and his lead will indeed take you there."
Ryan Coogler and one of the stars, Melonie Diaz (Oscar's girlfriend Sophina in the film), are in Guanajuato. They walked the red carpet before the screening and, after it, stayed for a short Q&A session. I leave you with the quotes of Coogler and Diaz, plus some photos of the red carpet and the Q&A!
“My motivation to write the script was actually the story itself. I was at home in the area when it happened. Saw some footage in the news and I couldn’t help to see myself in Oscar. We were the same age, from the same place.
“I’m from there (the Bay Area), born and raised, lived my whole life. We shot there, used a lot of real locations and non-actors. We did a lot of work to make sure it was true.
“In the Bay Area the Latinos and African Americans get along really well. You often see relationships, marriages, like Oscar is black and Sophina is Hispanic. It’s like that, a big time mutual respect for each other. Los Angeles is different though.”