Tatiana Grant was just four years old when her father, Oscar Grant was killed by a police officer at the Fruitvale BART station on New Year’s Day 2009. Now, 4 years later, she’s seeing posters and witnessing the media blitz surrounding the release of the much talked about film “Fruitvale Station”.
During a block party in Oakland’s Dimond District, Tatiana was helping pass out movie posters and cards for the Hollywood film about her father.
Although the movie is being released on July 26th, Tatiana’s family members say she’ll have to wait until she’s older to see it. ”It’s up to her when she becomes a teenager,” said Yolanda Mesa, Grant’s sister-in-law and Tatiana’s aunt.
“We are fortunate our story is being told,” said Mesa. “Because I think it happens to a lot of people nationwide.”
Although “Fruitvale Station” has not been released yet, it’s already received critical acclaim as well as the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. It also earned writer and director Ryan Coogler the “Best First Film” award at the Cannes Film Festival.