Probably the best movie I seen last year was Freedom Writer’s.
“Freedom Writers” is inspired by a true story and the diaries of real Long Beach teenagers after the LA riots, during the worst outbreak of interracial gang warfare. Two-time Academy Award® winner Hilary Swank stars as Erin Gruwell, whose passion to become a teacher is soon challenged by a group of Black, Latino, and Asians who hate her even more than each other. When Erin begins to listen to them in a way no adult has ever done, she begins to understand that for these kids, getting through the day alive is enough — they are not delinquents but teenagers fighting “a war of the streets” that began long before they were born. Erin gives them something they never had from a teacher before — respect. For the first time, these teens experience a hope that maybe, they might show the world that their lives matter and they have something to say.
I was truly inspired by this story of true dedication and loving others as yourself. This one teacher seen past the hatred, the gangs, the lines seperating their differences. She instead seen a group of teenagers afraid to be real, and starving for someone to believe in them.
This movie is now out on DVD in the rental stores. I highly recommend curling up in a warm blanket and treating yourself to this experience.