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Free Screening of Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station"

Join us Monday April 28 at the Western Addition Branch of the San Francisco Public Library Library (SFPL) for a free screening of Bay Area director Ryan Coogler's riveting, award-winning drama, Fruitvale Station (2013).

Fruitvale Station, which won awards at the Sundance and Cannes film festivals, "tells the story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old from Hayward, and his experiences on the last day of his life, before he was fatally shot at the Fruitvale BART station."

"Oscar, 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, whose birthday falls on New Year's Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend, who he hasn't been completely honest with as of late, and being a better father to T, their beautiful 4 year old daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realizes that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. But it would be his final encounter of the day, with police officers at the Fruitvale BART station that would shake the Bay Area to its very core, and cause the entire nation to be witnesses to the story of Oscar Grant."

For more information about this and other SFPL events:

3:45 Meet at the Western Addition Branch of the San Francisco Public Library (1550 Scott St. at Geary) in the Meeting Room.

4:00 The film starts at 4:00.

5:30 After the film has screened, we will remain in the Meeting Room a short while for a conversation about the film.

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  • Becca Gomez F.

    Great to be able to see the film for free in a room of fellow viewers who hadn't seen it before and were only so familiar with the real-life story. I'm definitely adding the filmmaker to my list of new ones to watch in the future.

    April 30, 2014

  • John

    A powerful, extremely well made film, with excellent script, acting, and sound design. The film's final scenes lead viewers to ask how such tragic events came to pass and, indeed, why they continue to happen. Thanks to Western Addition's staff for showing this film and for the moving discussion among participants afterwards.

    April 30, 2014

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