Freedom Writers

Freedom Writers

DVD - 2007
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A true story about a teacher in a racially divided school who gives her students what they've always needed, a voice. Erin Gruwell comes to a southern California high school bubbling over with naive optimism. She quickly discovers that her unruly classroom is not easily won over by her good intentions. After a few floundering attempts to connect with her students, Gruwell gives them the assignment of keeping journals about their own lives, This assignment is something that the class can bite into with relish. This eventually bonds them together and pushes racial rivalries aside. Draws heavily from the published journals of the real students themselves.


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Jul 25, 2019

Freedom Writers is an excellent example of why you should never judge people by their cover and why you should always persevere. In the movie, Erin Gruwell, an enthusiastic and positive teacher, is thrown into the ‘bad’ class- a class filled with the worst delinquents, gang members and more. These students have never been taught and treated like actual students but Erin is determined to change that. I love this movie because I loved seeing the stories of each student. The troublesome gang member? She had to live in a refugee camp. Every character had their own story and I felt attached and connected to all of them. I also loved that Erin treated these students with respect and care, and even sacrificed her own money and time to give these students memorable experiences. The plot of the movie was super inspiring and eye-opening and I would definitely recommend it. 5/5 stars! @phlanets of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Jul 11, 2019

Frankly, I found this movie a bit corny. Couldn't believe those kids could be so easily turned around. Good effort, though.

Apr 26, 2018

This was a great movie. It was amazing how these students pulled together with the help of an amazing teacher who cared about them very much. I have read the book too which was excellant too. I have watched this movie several times. I would recommend this movie to everyone.

Feb 18, 2018

One of the best movies I've seen. Very uplifting, & even more so because it is based on true story. Good job by Hillary Swank.

ECPat May 02, 2016

For those who don't understand the connection between trauma and public school achievement, this could be a real epiphany.

Dec 03, 2015

Really good movie. I will watch this again.

kevfarley Apr 17, 2015

This is is awful !
I got this NYPL disc home and put this movie in the DVD player...and my television screen says: "NOT FORMATTED FOR THIS REGION" !!??
( Even though it states "Region #1", ie. 'North America', on the DVD jacket !!?)
I have watched a thousand other New York Public Library DVDs on my Panasonic Region 1 DVD Player,.. but this one makes it over 44 TIMES !! that a film has have come up as "NOT FORMATTED..." etc. !
I waited a VERY long time to get this highly recommended film.
Having this happen is so VERY DISAPPOINTING !! I really wanted to see this movie. And I know that ALL the NYPL copies of it will have this same problem !!
WHY is the New York Public Library buying DVD's that are "NOT FORMATTED.." to be viewed in this region ?
Has this ever happened to anyone else out there ??

Feb 27, 2015

Great movie, Hilary Swank is awesome.

KYLE S NESBITT Feb 10, 2015

I enjoyed this movie--very well done.

7duffy Dec 31, 2014

Nice, kind of "Stand & Deliver" type of movie. Extremely well acted by the kids in the class, but only an adequate effort from Hillary Swank, Patrick Dempsey & Scott Glenn. Touching, true story.

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“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

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“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” –John Quincy Adams


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