Won’t Back Down: Be the Change

Kaela Mason

On Sept. 28, Walden Media released its newest film Won’t Back Down. Inspired by true events sparked by the parent trigger law passed California back in 2010, the film is about two mothers who will stop at nothing to give their kids the best education possible.

Jamie Fitzpatrick is a single mom living in Pittsburgh whose daughter, Malia, suffers from dyslexia. Due to their financial situation, Jamie can no longer afford private schooling, and Malia is then sent to a failing inner-city public school that doesn’t have to resources or desire to help struggling students.

Run by teachers whose only concern is tenure, the school’s graduation rate drops to a mere two percent. Nona Alberts, a teacher at Malia’s school, is also a newly single mother whose son struggles with a learning disability. Nona and Jamie team together in hopes of changing the school to prevent their children, from slipping through the cracks of the public school system.

In their struggle to take over the school, Nona and Jamie face struggles. Even though they eventually are able to convince parents and teachers to sign a petition, they still have to go against the corrupted bureaucracy known as the teacher’s union. They risk everything in attempts to better their children’s education.

With an all-star cast including Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart), Viola Davis (The Help, Doubt), and Holly Hunter (The Piano), this movie is not only entertaining, but also inspirational. I recommend that everyone see this movie No matter what your political views are, or your feelings on the state of the school system, I believe that you will benefit from this film.