On Saturday, the cast of Fruitvale Station attended the screening of their critically-acclaimed film at the inaugural BET Experience Film Festival at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.

Academy Award-winner Octavia Spencer, Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, director Ryan Coogler and producer Nina Yang Bongiovi were on hand to engage moviegoers during a Q&A following the screening moderated by social media extraordinaire Karen Civil.

Emotions were high in the theater, as guests shared their gratitude for the film as well as personal accounts of violence and loss. “It really means a lot to me that you all came out and enjoyed the film,” said Coogler. “Your support means the world to me.”

Fruitvale Station opens in select theaters on July 12 and nationwide on July 26.

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Photos: Milan Carter