Freedom Writers (Movie Suggestion)

Just like Miracle Worker, Freedom Writers is another inspiring story about a teacher.

“Teachers have infinite influence to the youth”

This movie is about the burning passion of a teacher, to teach kids in rehab. Those kids that were constantly been involved in brawls, drugs and addiction. Kids who were homeless, abused and those that were victims of child violence. These kids were basically, the problem of the society who never see the importance of studying because of how they were raised and the lack of guidance from their family.

They were judged because of their juvenile records in jail and had been exposed to the darker side of this world.

It’s a story about a teacher named, Ms. Erin Gruwell who believed in the abilities and talents of these kids despite their attitude towards her in the beginning.

A tear jerking story it is, because of its tough start.Her students initially do not respect her because they were wounded from the inside. She made them believe how great they are by listening to their stories and by genuinely caring for them. They have trusted her and opened up to her because of her sincerity towards them, that soon gained their respect.

It was also a difficult time for her when she was trying to get more resources for her students. Her advocacy wasn’t supported by her boss and the school management because of their skepticism towards the success of her goal for her students.

She was able to turn the table around both for her students and the school by giving them hope that people can change. She was able to teach these kids real life lessons that  has inspired them to become better individuals.

It was also an eye-opener on how a teacher should be. That their responsibility isn’t limited within the four corners of the classroom but also even outside of their school life – real life lessons that they can use even outside school.

They had been a family after that encounter and they were able to graduate high school (some of them graduated first in the family) because of Ms. G’s passionate gusto to teach them and help them. Another real life story which made it touch the hearts of its audience even more.

This movie made me learn that every person matters, every story counts. If we only have the guts to care about them, then we can turn the world around too.

Enjoy watching! 🙂

Movie Suggestion: A Thousand Words

I usually write my movie reviews in my first blog however, this movie can be very inspiring and has lingering effect to its audience. It’s a movie about Self-Discovery.

It’s about taking some pause in your life to just be quiet and meditate. Hear the silence and for a while, just allow yourself to listen which we often forget because we are too busy talking and concentrating on shallow things in our daily lives. Maybe another thing why I liked it, is because it sums up the things I believe in about life and living. One movie that you should let your (future) children watch.

Its a story of an arrogant man who had been magically cursed by a Spiritual mogul, Dr. Sinja. He and this magical tree became one that every time he would utter a word, the leaves will fall and he becomes sicker and sicker. Once all the leaves wear off, he will die.
He was told that there is no answer to that magical curse and he must use his words wisely and just stick with the important things in his life and just accept the fact that after the leaves were gone, he too will die. He underwent the Five stages of grief which are Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and finally Acceptance. He learned to accept that there is an unresolved issue in his life that he should pay attention.

The best scene for me is when he uttered his last three words: “I forgive you”. I initially thought his last words would be “I love you” but it’s not. It was his second to the last phrase which he offered for his mom.

Some of the best quotes in the movie:

I guess you never know if the last time you see someone is going to be the last time you ever see someone. – Jack McCall

It’s okay, our truth can be painful.Pain is the touchstone of goal.It’s okay, laugh, cry, to close causes just to let it out.- Dr. Sinja

Breath in and release.Quite your mind, until there are no thoughts.Then, you can see your true nature.Your face before your parents were born.- Dr. Sinja

Make peace, show them that you love them, and be truthful.- Dr. Sinja

We all create our own destiny, Jack.- Dr. Sinja

It’s quite amazing,how many thoughtless words one can speak?- Dr. Sinja

You need to find peace.- Dr. Sinja

You need to find the truth about yourself.It’s quite simple Jack.You need to get quiet, not just with your mouth, with your mind.And in that quiet you will hear the truth.You do have any other unresolved relationships in your life.- Dr. Sinja

Life’s not worth living without a family. Right? Right?! – Annie McCall

***Oh, I forgot, it’s so hilarious!!! Adds up to why i loved it! :))