The Freedom Writers Diaries (The Movie)

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The Freedom Writers Diaries (The Movie)

The Freedom Writers Diaries (The Movie)

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Erin Gruwell is the epitome of what modern day heroes are. She is more than a teacher to her students at Woodrow Wilson High school, because she is the force behind their transformation. The freedom writer’s is a work of art, breathed to life by the writings of otherwise would be forgotten students. The story explores the racial tensions in the US via the writings of high school students, in retrospect to Ann Frank, the face of the holocaust victims, and Zlata Filipovic, who has been touted as the modern day Ann Frank, from her documented works of the Sarajevo war. The events of the holocaust and the Sarajevo war foreshadow the extent prejudices and hate can inflict death and misery to society (Ryan & Cooper, 2010, p. 17). Nonetheless, the theme of movie is a powerful simulation of the triumphs in human nature: how the story of a teenager world’s apart inspires teenagers in America to change their world view, despite the modern day challenges, how the experiences of a holocaust victim shape the experiences of high school students in America, and how love, perseverance and kindness are the only way society can bridge the gap amongst us.