Richard LaGravenese, Director, Screenplay

Richard LaGravenese, Director of the movie, also writes the Screenplay for the Freedom Writers Movie.

“Freedom Writers” is inspired by a true story and the diaries of real Long Beach teenagers after the LA riots, during the worst outbreak of interracial gang warfare. Two-time Academy Award® winner 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.

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Based on the Book The Freedom Writers Diary by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell

Cast and Crew
Hilary Swank
Scott Glenn
Imelda Staunton
Patrick Dempsey
Mario Barrett
Tracy Durning
Nan Morales
Dan Levine
Richard LaGravenese

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