Freedom Writers is based off of a true story revolving around a class at Woodrow Wilson High School in 1994. Gang violence and discrimination were at an all time high — not even school was a safe haven for the teens. Slowly, change happened with the help of a new, optimistic and hardworking teacher named Erin Gruwell.
Erin Gruwell taught her class so much more than just vocabulary and literary quotes. She devoted her entire being, to the point of losing her marriage, to better the lives of her students. Upon realizing that she didn’t understand where these kids’ bitter attitudes had come from, Erin took up the challenge of pushing them forward, of bettering themselves for the sake of their futures. She knew that those teenagers were smarter than they — and the school — gave them credit for, and she was determined to prove it not only to themselves, but to their world.
She issued an assignment, a challenge, to her class to keep journals. The journals were entirely for their own use. They would not be graded and no one had to read them, not unless the students wanted to share them. To Erin’s delight and astonishment, every single one of those students opted to share their stories with her.
This movie is all about the importance of sharing your story. Your story has the power to change the world, to change the way people think and perceive what is going on around them.
This movie is rated PG-13 for some violent content, thematic material, and language, but it is an inspirational movie (and story!) advocating change for the better.