One of the hottest films at the Sundance Film Festival is one likely to pick at barely-healed scabs in the Bay Area.
“Fruitvale,” directed and written by newcomer Ryan Coogler, is based on the shooting of Oscar Grant by BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle on New Year’s Day 2009. Grant’s death, which took place at the Fruitvale BART station and was captured on video, triggered riots throughout Oakland as hundreds took to the streets demanding justice.
Mehserle was arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter by a Los Angeles jury in July 2010.