Assigned the thankless task of teaching freshman English at a gang-infested Long Beach, CA high school, a 23-year-old teacher resorts to unconventional means of breaking through to her hardened students in director Richard LaGravenese’s adaptation of Erin Gruwell’s best-seller The Freedom Writer’s Diaries: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. Her students had been written off, and her chances of succeeding scoffed at, but Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank) wasn’t about to go down without a fight. Long Beach is a place where a new war is waged with each passing day, and when the hardened students who walk those dangerous hallways sense an outsider attempting to understand their plight, their cynical resentment threatens to keep a deadly cycle in motion. Despite the initially hostile reaction she receives in the classroom, Gruwell uses the writings of Anne Frank and Zlata’s Diary: A Child’s Life in Sarajevo to teach her students not only the basis of the English language, but compassion and tolerance as well. Later, when the time comes to tell their own tales in a project specially designed to explore the daily violence that the majority of students have grown numb to, the barriers that had once stood so strong gradually begin to crumble. When the only chance for survival is to befriend the person who was once your mortal enemy, the world is opened to a whole new realm of possibilities. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide [taken from http://thecia.com.au/reviews/f/images/freedom-writers-poster-0.jpg]
[BASED ON TRUE STORY] This film ROCKS!!! It’s so educating, touching, enlightening and… well, you name it. It’s all wrapped out perfectly in this movie. In the first 5 minute, I’ve already been served with some awesome realm of the gangster-life in Long Beach, USA where most of all teenagers there are involved in some juvenile delinquency. And about the amazing teacher named Erin Gruwell? No words can describe her perfectly, but she’s a noble woman. What she has done to her students was amazing… couple times this movie succeeded in making me cry. Watching this movie made me realize how blessing I am living in such a peaceful environment and studied in such a good hi-school. Meanwhile, the Long-Beach hi-school is the least school you would attend to, believe me! Violations, juveniles, gangsters, geeks and murderers are spreading around in this bloody school. But somehow, Miss G could turn one crazy sickening class that has no future and do nothing but mocking each other’s races [black, white, Indian, Jews & Mongols] into one integrated class that has an opportunity to brighter their future which at first been thought as impossibility.
Really, you should [or MUST] watch this movie. Satisfaction guarantee… This movie opens our eyes a lot that the word “peaceful” is so expensive and hard to be implemented. So once you have feel peace in your life, you must fight for it for the rest of your life.
Enjoy this movie, prepare some tissues I guess