Freedom Writers (2007)
Based on the true story of Erin Gruwell and her 1994 freshmen class, the movie “Freedom Writers” focuses on reality and has a powerful message.
The first impression is that this movie is a simple story of a new teacher wanting to help disadvantaged students. Behind that is more. There are the teacher’s motivational and inspirational lessons to help students focus on the understanding and acceptance of others.
The movie highlights the issues of underprivileged people, racism, sexism, and gang wars. Both the city and the school are divided and know racial wars, where Asians, blacks and Latinos fight one another for respect and personal satisfaction. The wars have been passed from parents to the children, and students from room 203 do not know if and where to look for solace. The new teacher is the one who makes them understand and focus on seeing that despite their skin colour, they all are human beings and have a lot in common. To understand what tolerance and acceptance are.
“Freedom Writers” is not just a movie about racial wars. It catches unity and the lack of it, betrayal and hate, segregation and violence, and perseverance. It is a movie about how students look for solace and a “beacon” of light in the darkness they know.
I did what I had to do because it was the right thing to do. That is all. We all are ordinary people, but even an ordinary secretary or an ordinary housewife or a teenager can in his own way turn a small light in a dark room.Freedom Writers
Their new teacher is that beacon of light and shows them that they can change and that it is never too late to make different choices.
One of the most important lessons she teaches her students is that knowledge is power, and even those who have been oppressed can do things. She gives them what they need most: a voice of their own.
It is a truly inspirational film, an eye-opener for humanity.
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