Freedom Writers

 

 

 

Freedom Writers is a dramatic comedy film directed by Richard LeGravenese in 2006. It is an adaptation from the book « The Freedom Writers Diary : How A Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing To Change Themselves And The World Around Them » by its full name. This book and this movie are based from a real story written by Erin Gruwell and her pupils. The film were graduate by the Humanity Prize.

Erin Gryell, a 23 young english teacher had choosen for his first job a high school of Long Beach in Los Angeles. The pupils of her class don't care about learning and she decided to pull themselves together. Thanks to her involvment, she gradually managed, with tact and humor to make her pupils appreciating school and gave them her taste for writing.

I've seen this movie when i was younger and it marked me thanks to the moral that is released, besides, I think it was the good opportunity to talk about it here. I like the fact that the movie is based to a real story although sometimes i've found the film was a little bit cliché, overoptimistic. I've never seen a moment when the teacher had wanted to give up, she is always cheerful and strong-willed. For my part, even if i've found some weak points, you should see the movie or read the book because it can be an example in your life, and thanks to the boudless optimism, it can motivate you to take initiatives. Lastly, i think it is a beautiful lesson of life.

8 thoughts on “Freedom Writers

  1. I had never heard about this book or film but your aticle reminds me a bit of « Dead Poets Society », which I found amazing. Do you know this story? Your article makes me want to know more about « Freedom Writers » anyways. Thanks a lot Othilie!

  2. I’ve never seen this film Rachel, but I have heard a lot about this! With Robbin Williams, if i’m not mistaken. The movie seems to be beautiful, I think i’m going to watch it soon. And your welcome! 🙂

  3. The story makes me think about a recent French film : Les Héritiers. It’s an history teacher who change of school and come teach in a suburb’s high school. During all the film she shows at his students that there are able to do something.
    The story seems to be beautiful and now I want to read this book!

  4. Othilie , I’m really agree with you ! I have ever seen this movie , and it is very nice . I love the movies based in the real fact , but I did’nt know the existence of the book . Shame on me !

  5. Angèle, I’ve never seen this film but I’ve seen the movie trailer, and « Les Héritiers » looks like The Freedom Writers!
    Marie-Morgane, I’ve ignored too the existence of the book during a long time! But I hope I could read it soon! 🙂
    Sarah, I don’t know what I can say because I don’t want to spoil you the story !

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