Freedom Writers
tells the true story of teacher Erin Gruwell and her students -- a class of left-behind ghetto kids nobody cared about or believed in -- who, in working together, overcame the negative expectations of a school system that had given up on them. The real students -- who called themselves the Freedom Writers after they started journaling events in their lives -- had their real-life stories from their journals published in a book, and now writer/director Richard LaGravenese and Hilary Swank have brought their tale to the big screen. Cinematical say down recently for a chat with Erin Gruwell, actor Jason Finn, who plays one of the students, and real-life Freedom Writer Maria Reyes, to talk about the film.