Freedom Film Series: Stories from an Undeclared War
Thursday, November 12, 2015
6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception
6:30 p.m. Film Screening & Program
Free & Open to the Public
Stories from an Undeclared War, the first film in the Freedom Film Series, is the powerful story of 150 at-risk students from Long Beach, California, who were considered unteachable. Inspired by their teacher, Erin Gruwell, and the writings of Anne Frank, the students discover a new way to express themselves. In a racially divided community where adolescents had been exposed to drugs, gang warfare and homicides, Gruwell made it her goal to teach students to put down their fists and guns and to pick up a pen – and become Freedom Writers. This documentary follows the students’ story from the first day of freshman year in 1994 to the present.
Following the screening of Stories from an Undeclared War, several of the at-risk students featured in the documentary – now adults – will engage the audience in a reflective and thought-provoking discussion on their experiences as Freedom Writers.
The Freedom Film Series, in partnership with the Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Film Commission, is sponsored by Chubb Group of Insurance Companies.