Freedom Writers

Freedom Writers

Freedom Writers

  Takes up as an idealistic English teacher Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank), her new job at Wilson High School in Long Beach, an attractive teacher has no idea what to expect there to them. Your class turns out to be fact as a kind of interim storage facility for underprivileged and ghetto kids, especially the mutual hatred of each other zusammenschweißt. No easy job for a young teacher who is just at the beginning of their careers. When shaken or a shootout between rival gangs, the school, Erin uses the opportunity to in their own special way front against everyday racism and make the violence – with the means of literature. After initial hesitation, she manages to actually attract the attention of their students, and using the common reading of the diary of Anne Frank, the idea arises that the students everyday experiences and their own experiences with exclusion, discrimination, bloody gang wars and domestic violence Paper bring. And indeed, against the resistance of the head teacher, she manages to move in the hardened souls of their students something to …

Of course, one immediately thinks of Freedom Writers on two things. For one of Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds / Dangerous thoughts of John N. Smith, dating from 1995 and the other on the events surrounding that has come to talk Rütli School in Berlin’s Neukölln district, where the same conditions, though may not be quite so blatant as in this film. The film is based on the experiences of real-life Erin Gruwell, which it in a book titled The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing adhered to Change Themselves and the World Around Them . But despite this anchor in the reality of violence and drug-influenced school day at Wilson High School, Freedom Writers is already at first glance difficult to identify as a product of Hollywood, although hardly a doubt may arise as to the good intentions of the director. From the beginning, the director Richard LaGravenese can be little doubt that he wants to touch imagination and above all, emotionally. To maintain this feeling about 123 minutes to be pulled all the stops, which in itself does not pass by without a trace of Hilary Swank. A little less would have been more even in this case, the correct and important message of the film would probably not have hurt this restraint. But despite reservations about the staging, which may in part no doubt, Freedom Writers is committed cinema, which has some remarkable and thought-provoking messages at hand, which – could translate into reality – even in German schools to tackle some of the problems. Especially since one gets the impression that action would be sorely needed in this country.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Freedom Writers Country of production: USA Year of production: 2007 Length: 123 (Min) of material: ( #) UIP

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