Hey Everyone! In my English class, our teacher played us a snippet of a scene from the movie, Freedom Writers. This movie was actually released in 2007, based on a true story from the book, "The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them". I thought the small clip she showed us was interesting, so I decided to watch the full movie. For this week's reflective response, I will be talking about the Freedom Writers movie. For last week's reflective response, I wrote about something technical so this week I thought I'd change it up and talk about the story and emotion side of filmmaking. The movie follows the journey of first-time freshman and sophomore English teacher, Erin Gruwell, at Woodrow Wilson High. A few years earlier an integration program was set in place in their school, which is where people from different races are brought together. Set in 1994 in Long Beach, California, the students in her classroom 203 all have been through rough and scary experiences. Many of them were at a grade 5 level reading skill or lower. They didn't know what the Holocaust was or who Homer was. What they did know was that they had to protect their own. There's an unspoken moral code that they all followed by, and the different racial groups in the classroom often erupted in fights and arguments. A lot of them were in gangs, and knew someone who died from gang violence. Some even wore juvenile ankle bracelets. In the beginning, teaching was very difficult for Erin, who is known as Mrs. G. No one listened or respected her because of her light skin color. In an attempt to connect to her class, she assigns a project for each student–to write in a diary each day about anything they'd like. Erin's passion shines through as she goes to full extents, even working two extra jobs, to do everything she can for her students, and instill liberality and desire into them. Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. I've never read the book before, but it seems like something I'll read in the future. The movie left you with a heart warming, inspiring, and ambitious feeling in the end. In the start of the movie, it's almost as though you can really connect with Erin. You can really feel her struggle trying to teach kids who don't want to learn. I think one of the best things in this movie is the acting. As far as I know, they didn't use any of the real people from class 203 in the movies, but they used actors. I felt that the actors did them justice. It seemed really authentic and genuine. I also liked how we got to see in the lives of the students, not just Erin's life. Overall, if you love a good dramatic, feel-good movie, I'd recommend the "Freedom Writers". I'll embed the trailer below. If you have the time, check it out! Also, be cautioned as this is a PG-13 movie, with a mild use of profanity. Well, that is it for this week's reflective response! Thanks for reading!
Hi! I'm Alaysia Navor, a third year student in the CKTV Media Productions class. I'll be publishing 2 blogs each week, posted to the left. You can also check out the tabs, "Inside Scoop" and "Projects" for some of my other work.
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