Join us for a free advance screening of the new documentary
"Freedom Writers: Stories From the Heart"
followed by a Q&A and book signing with Erin Gruwell
Thursday, March 14 | 7:00-9:30 p.m.
(doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Crystal Cove Auditorium
Documentary description: "'Freedom Writers: Stories from the Heart' follows idealistic teacher Erin Gruwell as she tries to reach 150 at-risk students who were labeled 'unteachable.' It's 1994 and Long Beach, California is a racially divided community filled with drugs, gang warfare, and homicides. Inside the classroom, Gruwell encounters hostility, indifference, and racial divisions between students. The struggle and strife on the streets has carried into the school halls. Refusing to give up, Gruwell uses relevant literature and media to compare their reality in urban America to the worst examples throughout history of man's inhumanity to man. Her students are particularly inspired by the writings of Anne Frank and Zlata Filipovic, and ultimately choose to put down their weapons and pick up a pen. The once-hardened teens discover a new way to express themselves and embrace history, humanity, and hope. By sharing their stories, they rewrite their futures and become catalysts for change."
Erin and an original Freedom Writer who is featured in the documentary will conduct a Q&A following the film screening. Erin will also sign copies of The Freedom Writers Diary, available at the event.
This event is free and open to the public.
Event Co-Sponsors: Illuminations, School of Education, School of Humanities