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Screening, panel discussion of Fruitvale Station scheduled

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—An award-winning film based on events leading to the shooting death of a man in the San Francisco area will be shown Feb. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center at Hood College.

Following the screening, a panel comprising students and faculty will discuss the film, the events that unfolded in the aftermath of the shooting and its implications.

Fruitvale Station chronicles last day of Oscar Grant III, who was fatally wounded by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer responding to a report of a fight on a crowded BART train returning from San Francisco. Grant, unarmed, was among several passengers who were detained on the Fruitvale BART station platform. Fired upon by a police officer for allegedly resisting arrest, Grant died the next morning.

The events, captured on cell phones and other digital media, provoked peaceful and violent protests during the days that followed.

The film debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Price and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film. It was screened at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the award for best first film.

The event is sponsored by Hood's African American studies program, the multicultural affairs and international student programs and the department of student activities.

For more information, contact kchadda@hood.edu.