Day two of the 5 Day Movie Challenge calls for a motivational movie. And there are so many out there. So today is the opposite of yesterday. Yesterday, I had to pick a movie that made me cry and there was not a single movie that did that. Today, there are too many movies to choose between that have inspired me.
But again, there are a certain few that touch me more than others. And while I was initially tempted to pick Perks of Being a Wallflower, there is another movie that is far more inspirational, for me at least.
Freedom Writers is one fantastic movie. It had a diverse cast who shouldn't have been friends. Most of them were in gangs, knew someone in a gang, or saw gang violence ever day. The singular class itself was supposed to have awful students who didn't care and did poorly in class, but because of their teacher they came together.
This movie shows what education could be and should be like. These students, all coming from differing backgrounds and all at risk of endangering themselves and all those around them, all turned into the best of friends. They came together and ended up understanding each other. This English class, supposedly filled the worst of the worst at this school, ended up inspiring an Honors and AP student into switching into that class because she knew that she'd learn better and learn more from that teacher.
Their experience with learning about the Holocaust and reading Anne Frank's Diary was emotionally charged and beautiful. It was all thanks to their fantastic teacher, Erin Gruwell, who took on two part time jobs in order to continue working with these students and getting them the books they need and want. With her help and their own determination, they raised enough money to bring Miep Gies, the Dutch woman who risked her life to protect the Frank family, to their class as a guest speaker.
The movie truly was fantastic. Each character had something special to say and their own moving story arc to tell. If you haven't seen it, you need to. This is one of my favorite movies ever and is incredibly motivational. It makes you hopeful for the future of education.
Net time on 5 Day Movie Challenge, I'll be telling you about an awkward family movie.