- 2 hr 3 min
Freedom Writers is based off of a true story. A naive and young teacher finally lands the job that she has been trying to get. Being the new teacher at a hard knock high school, she learns that her children are a tad bit uneducated. She is supposed to teach them English, but everyone seems to be against her. There are many people who say that she can't do the job. Many say that she's too young and that no one else has been able to get through to them. So, how does she think she's to do that. To top that off, she's dealing with a school that fails to get her the materials she needs to teach the class. They won't allow her to give them books as they say that they can't read or that they would just damage the books. While everyone seems to be shooting her down, she starts to rise. The kids are all at odds with one another. Being raised in New York where this takes place, the kids are all from different parts of the hood where there are racial lines. There are also gang related lines as well. She forms a bond with some of the students as she learns which ones have beef with one another. It's really hard for her to get her point across that the hate they have for one another won't help them in the classroom nor will it help them out in the real life. Therefore, she teaches them history. She takes them on field trips, but what really gives this movie it's name is that she has them write. She tells them that she won't read them if they don't want her to. However, you find that they all leave it for her. These kids have so much to say and no one to listen. In the meantime, as she gives so much time to them, she loses her husband. The only thing she has left are her students who grow to love her. The things she reads is so amazing. They start writing about their own life, then about the things they encounter as they go on these field trips. The students start earning money so that they can go on field trips and having guest speakers at the school and make a good name for the school that gets such a bad rap. They take their stories and create a book which is what Freedom Writers really is.