Freedom Writer’s Documentary Film Screening
@ Kennedy High School

District Event John F. Kennedy

Freedom Writers: Stories from an Undeclared War” is the powerful story of 150 at-risk students from Long Beach, California, who were once considered unteachable. Inspired by their teacher, Erin Gruwell, and the writings of Anne Frank, the students discover a new way to express themselves. The documentary follows the students’ story from the first day of freshman year in 1994 to the present day. In a racially divided community where adolescents were exposed to drugs, gang warfare, and homicides, Gruwell makes it her goal to teach the students to put down their fists and guns and to pick up a pen.