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FILM FORUM: 'Freedom Writers'

Idealistic high school English teacher Erin Gruwell (Hillary Swank) quickly learns that her students have more to worry about than homework; they go home everyday to gunfire, gangs, drugs, and a host of other difficult situations. She challenges her students to read "The Diary of Anne Frank" and "Zlata's Diary: A Child's Life in Saravejo" and to write in their own diaries about the violence, discrimination, and hatred that is part of their everyday lives. 

The film is based on "The Freedom Writers Diary," the 1999 non-fiction book written by students at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, California and their teacher Erin Gruwell. 2007. 123 minutes. (PG-13)

Poetry Performance: 6:00 PM; Film Screening: 6:30 PM.

Zaria Suggs, an 18-year-old student-poet and SDSU college freshman, will perform pieces of her thought provoking poetry before the film. Like the students in the film, Zaria has found that writing about her own personal experiences and struggles has empowered her to overcome the adversity in her life and to make a difference in the world around her. 

Location: San Diego Central Library,  330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101 Google Map

*2 hours free parking with validation

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