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Fruitvale Station: An antidote to Hollywood Fantasy?

Fruitvale Station won accolades when it played at the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals. Tom Brook reports on the low-budget film getting a lot of attention.

Twenty-six-year-old director Ryan Coogler’s first film is based on the real-life shooting that took place on a station platform at Fruitvale, California on 1 January 2009.

The film begins with footage of the incident, captured on a mobile phone, in which police shot 22-year-old Oscar Grant dead after an incident on a train. Fruitvale Station is a relationship drama that deals with the issue of fatal encounters between the US police and young African-American men.

Shot for less than $1m, the film shows that critics can be receptive to grittier, low-budget alternatives to Hollywood’s usual fare.

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