“Freedom Writers” is a 2007 drama film starring Hilary Swank, Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton and Patrick Dempsey. It is based on the book The Freedom Writers Diary by teacher Erin Gruwell who wrote the story based on Woodrow Wilson Classical High School in Long Beach, California.
Hilary Swank stars as a young teacher who inspires her at-risk students in this moving drama based on true events. Erin Gruwell (Swank) assigns her class an ambitious project: While studying works such as The Diary of Anne Frank, the kids keep journals about their troubled lives, applying history's lessons to break the cycle of violence and despair that threatens their futures. Scott Glenn, Imelda Staunton and Patrick Dempsey co-star.
The idea for the “Freedom Writers” film came from journalist Tracey Durning, who made a documentary about Erin Gruwell for the ABC News program Primetime Live. Durning served as co-executive producer of the film.
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If you have read nothing about this film you may watch it and think "Yes, but it could never happen in real life." Then you get to the end and find it did! It is a remarkable story about idealism and despair and how one can cure the other . . . but at a price. A great film to watch when you...
This movie was so impressive. This film is based on a true story, there were some moments, like the holocaust lesson in the classroom, that were so powerful and true that you had to stay and watch the entire movie. Excellent Movie!!!!!