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FREEDOM WRITERS is inspired by a true story & the diaries of real Long Beach teenagers after the L.A. riots, during the worst outbreak of interracial gang warfare. Hilary Swank stars as Erin Gruwell, whose passion to become a teacher is soon challenged by a group of Black, Latino and Asian gangbangers who hate her even more than each other. When Erin begins to listen to them in a way no adult has ever done, she begins to understand that for these kids, getting through the day alive is enough - they are not delinquents but teenagers fighting 'a war of the streets' that began long before they were born. Erin gives them something they never had from a teacher before - respect. For the first time, these teens experience a hope that maybe, they might show the world that their lives matter and they have something to say.

  • 2 hr 3 minNR
  • Jan 5, 2007
  • Drama

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Cast & Crew

  • Imelda StauntonActor

  • Hilary SwankActor

  • Patrick DempseyActor

  • Pat CarrollActor

  • Robert WisdomActor

  • Hunter ParrishActor

  • April Lee HernandezActor

  • Jaclyn NganActor

  • Jason FinnActor

  • MarioActor