Today the challenge is a film that inspired me.
I taught art in a clinical setting for five years. I combined photography and writing, but writing did not come easy for the at-risk children I taught. Finding a way to inspire them and motivate them was a challenge. When I discovered this film, I made it part of my curriculum.
Of course, because of the nature of the film, I always had to get parental permission to show the film. I learned quickly that the reality of their lives was often worse than the film, so getting permission was never a problem.
“Freedom Writers” is a 2007 film written and directed by Richard LaGravenese. It is based on the book The Freedom Writers Diaries, real life experiences of a teacher by Erin Gruwell.
I decided to take on this challenge for July after reading about it from SandmanJazz. Check out his blog and his entry for the twenty-fifth day of the challenge. Maybe even join in!
5 thoughts on “30 Day Film Challenge / Day 25”
I’ve not seen this one, but I’m going to read the book first. Thanks for sharing, Maggie.
I have heard about this movie but have not had the chance to watch it. But if you say it is good, I believe you!
In 1967, I was 15 years old. It was the 50th Anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and the National Film Theatre in London was showing a series of films to celebrate that. I went to see Sergei Eisentein’s 1927 silent film, ‘October:Ten Days That Shook The World’. That film inspired me to believe that ordinary working people could overthrow aristocratic oppression, and started my interest in politics that endures to this day. It led me to become a Union Official for many years, and to take part in politcal street protests from 1967, until I retired from work.
This is the full film from You Tube, if anyone is interested.
Best wishes, Pete.
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I remember this film, Pete, but I must have heard about it years later as we did not have access to many movies at that stage of my life.
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Sandman picks The Third Man as a movie that influenced an interest in post war Europe and film noir. I agree and would like to add it influence my understanding of what makes film an art and not just entertainment.
I was influenced by Lust For Life in that I began a love of impressionism and a study of Van Gogh, not realizing how important Van Gogh would be in my life with my involvement of the play Vincent with Leonard Nimoy
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