What film techniques, in terms of media or style, are used in the film "The Freedom Writers" to set it apart from other films?This would need to be in terms of an artistic work in the humanities...

What film techniques, in terms of media or style, are used in the film "The Freedom Writers" to set it apart from other films?

This would need to be in terms of an artistic work in the humanities discipline of the film.

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amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I am not a film major, but as a teacher of literature, I am drawn to the number of different stories in this film.  The director has taken a classroom of students, all suffering from tragedies of their own, who now have a chance to tell those stories through their journals.  This closes the gap not only between the students themselves (different gangs, different nationalities and ethnic groups) but also between them and their teacher (Erin Gruwell), who gets to know them through reading their journals, and they are free with the telling since she promises no one else will read their work but her.  Issues of trust, compassion, and respect are dealt with in this film with dignity.  These students are treated as if they matter for the first time in a long time at that school--they are given a voice.  As a result, the students and their teacher become life-long friends and the project becomes one that is published so that teachers across the nation are able to use it to reach students much like the original "Freedom Writers".