TNB London ‘Fruitvale Station’ screening – Thursday 29th May 2014


On Thursday 29th May 2014, I attended The New Black Film Collective London screening of Fruitvale Station produced by Forest Whitaker at the Stratford Picturehouse. The multiple Independent Spirit Award, Cannes and Sundance Film Festival winning film follows the true story of Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old Oakland, California resident who was murdered by Bay Area Rapid Transit agency officer Johannes Mehserle on 1st January 2009.

As I was aware of the story of Oscar Grant, watching this film made me even more emotional and many tissues were used at this screening. Watching this film left me feeling quite angry as Oscar Grant was shot in the back while lying face down on the ground on a subway platform and his killer only served half of his two year involuntary manslaughter sentence. No Justice, No Peace!

The screening was followed by a panel debate, with activists and filmmakers, to question whether it is ‘lawful’ to kill Black people today in the wake of the recent controversial Mark Duggan and Trayvon Martin cases’. The panel consisted of Fidel Santigi (Mark Duggan Campaign and Riot from Wrong Documentary), Dean Williams (100 Black Men of London), Andy Mundy-Castle (Filmmaker) and TNB Chair Yvonne Connikie.



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Black History Studies is a social enterprise company which operates in the interest of the community by offering courses and events in Adult Education. We aim to empower the African and Caribbean community and enable them to develop self knowledge and identity through Black History and Culture. Black History Studies aim to provide a wide range of courses and activities which will provide people with the opportunity to pursue their interest in Black History and Black Studies. We also aim to provide high quality courses and activities that can be accessed by all within the community. Our mission is to inform, inspire and empower people through Black History and Black Studies by educating the community to educate themselves thereby creating a self-sustaining learning circle. Black History Studies is dedicated to providing you with a high quality and professional service and can offer services such as: - Bespoke services for Secondary Schools - Black History and Black Studies Presentations - Black History Course for Families - 5 week short courses on Black History - Beginners and Advanced Black Studies Courses - Weekend courses on Black History and Black Studies - Museum Tours - Film Screenings - Black History Studies Presentations for hire
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