Freedom Writers is a 2007 drama film starring Hillary Swank, Scott Glen, Imalda Staunton, and Patrick Dempsey, based on The Freedom Writers Diary by teacher Erin Gruwell. The story, set between 1992 and 1995, is about Erin Gruwell (Hillary Swank), an enthusiastic new schoolteacher who leaves her hometown, Newport Beach, to teach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, a formerly high-achieving school that, after having an integration program put in place, took a drastic drop in performance. Gruwell, who had not noted the drop, is surprised to find that all of her classes are of â€œhigh-riskâ€ students who are completely unlike the eager-to-learn pupils she had expected. Up against both her students and her department head, Gruwell has her work cut out for her. Freedom Writers is an inspirational film that has drawn critical acclaim, winning a 2007 Humanitas Award and receiving a nomination for a 2008 Image Award.