Brilliant and Infuriating: Fruitvale Station Pulls the Trayvon Martin Tragedy into the Cineplex
by Jen Graves
on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 1:12 PM
GODDAMN This movie will make you mad.
Art that "humanizes" a subject is trying to do a certain version of the Lord's work: the work of absolute acceptance in the presence of all the information. It's only necessary when there's been dehumanization, that opposite work we've ascribed to the divine: judgment, categorizing certain people as good and others as evil. To rehumanize means bringing the downed up or the risen down, and in the movie Fruitvale Station, Oscar Grant is the downed man brought back up. The movie is brilliant. It also leaves you with the perfectly appropriate feeling of being furious that it exists at all.