I have had the movie “Freedom Writers” in my Netflix queue for quite some time, and finally sat down to watch it last night. I have to say, it was an incredible movie!
It is based on the true story of teacher Erin Gruwell, and how she changed the lives of her high school students.
This precious teacher went above and beyond the call of duty, and not only taught them how wonderful it is to learn, but also how pointless it was to live their lives amid the violence and desolation that is found within gangs.
She taught them true self-worth. She taught them to give up their prejudices against other races. She taught them what it meant to be free. Most importantly, she taught them to have a voice, and to use that voice for good.
This is a movie about how one person can make a difference in the world. Facing odds of her own, Erin Gruwell didn’t give up. She continued to do what she loved to do, even when encountering opposition from her father, husband and from teachers within her own school. Her perseverance was amazing, and the outcome of all of her hard labor is truly inspirational.
After watching this film, it made me sit back and look at my own life – and it stirred the desire in me to get out and do more.
How about you? What is your passion? Are you able to use it for the good of your fellow man? If you could do one thing in this world that would have an impact, what would it be?
It really does give you food for thought.
Now, for the technical stuff …. :)
Freedom Writers is rated PG-13. I would not watch this movie with young children, as there are a few swear words in it (nothing major, excluding the one *F-bomb near the very end), and some of the rap lyrics would not be appropriate for small children. Overall though, it was a pretty clean movie. No sex, and minimal violence.
If you have Netflix, you can watch it for free.
You can also watch it for free right now if you have Amazon Prime.
If you prefer to purchase the DVD, you can get it from Amazon by clicking the photo above.
To find out more about Erin Gruwell, visit Freedom Writers Outreach.
Now, go grab some popcorn and enjoy the movie! :)