The Actors Share Their Thoughts on the Holocaust
At the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles,
Mario, April, Deance and the other Freedom
Writers actors browse the exhibits and
share their thoughts on the Holocaust.
April L. Hernandez reads from a diary that
she kept during the filming.
Erin on Her Students' Perspective
The real teacher of the Freedom Writers
reflects on the perspective of her
students, which often included a focus on
survival instead of graduating. School
was very much a safety zone and that's it.
It was a place where they felt relatively
safe until they went home.
Erin Gruwell Recalls Her First Year of Teaching
The real Erin Gruwell discusses her first
year of teaching, when due to a lack of
tenure she was given the worst students in
the school, many of whom were disciplinary
transfers, had been to rehab, or had
emotional problems. Yet, despite these
obstacles, it was these students who
became the Freedom Writers.
Erin Talks About the Freedom Writers' Journals
Erin talks about the journals that she
encouraged the kids in her class to
create. She emphasizes that the movie is
more authentic because her students'
actual journal entries, which are gritty
and honest, were used in the movie.
Erin on Bonding with Her Students
Real life teacher Teacher Erin Gruwell,
portrayed by Hilary Swank in the Freedom
Writers movie, recalls the moment that her
students first bonded after she asked how
many of them had been shot at.
Armand "Prozpect" Jones Tribute Video
A tribute video for Armand
"Prozpect" Jones that was
created for the remembrance at Crenshaw
Christian Center on April 30, 2006.
Armand's life was taken just after filming
wrapped on Freedom Writers. In the film he
portrayed the character Grant Rice, who
was the fictional counterpart to real life
Freedom Writer Sharaud Moore (the student
who was wrongly accused of the shooting).
Freedom Writers Movie Trailer
Watch the Freedom Writers movie trailer
for the 2007 film starring Hilary Swank,
Scott Glenn, Patrick Dempsey and Mario.
The movie tells the story of real life
teacher Erin Gruwell, who refused to
accept the status quo and strived to find
a way to reach the troubled intercity kids
who made up her classroom.