Becky and I went to see Freedom Writers last week at the AMC movie theater in Highlands Ranch. The Fandango website at Freedom Writers describes the movie as follows:
“A dedicated teacher (Hilary Swank) in a racially divided Los Angeles school receives a class of at-risk teenagers the system deems incapable of learning. Instead of giving up, she inspires her students to take an interest in their education and planning their futures. She assigns reading material that the youths can relate to and encourages them to keep journals of their daily lives. Based on the true story of Erin Gruwell.”
Freedom Writers was a very good film that made you think about the challenges facing many young people living in America today and the failure of our costly public educational system. Freedm Writers was an eye opening film starring Hilary Swank that is based on a true story, about a young teacher who risks her marriage and career to invest into the lives of her troubled students.
The film was very well done and really addresses some challenging issues such as racism and gang violence that faced kids in the 1990’s and still is facing them today. It takes place in an English class and the teacher encourages the students to write their stories of life, which they share with the teacher and eventually with one another.
As the students tell their stories, the film becomes very relevant. You feel tremendous empathy for these kids and understand why they are the way they are based on the environment and challenges many of them have had to face. The best part of the film is how it ties in the Holocaust and portrays one of the greatest gangsters of all time, Adolph Hitler, for his ignorance and prejudice that led to the murder of millions of innocent people.
The message of this film is extremely important in a world when so many people are judged by the color of their skin or their ethnic background. It’s important for all of us to remember that Jesus Christ died for the sins of the world and to save all people from every race, tribe, nation and tongue. There simply is no substitute for faith, hope and the greatest of all – love.
Becky and I both thought this movie was Worth The Trip and recommend that you go see it.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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