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The Girl Who Spelled Freedom Reviews

Reviewed By: Richard Gilliam

The Girl Who Spelled Freedom is a well-made Disney television movie about a young Cambodian refugee who comes to the US and in four years not only learns English but also wins the National Spelling Bee. The story emphasizes the cross-cultural values that bind us all, and how even great adversity can be overcome. Unlike some other Disney efforts, it has been praised as a fine family viewing choice that can be enjoyed even by very young viewers. Much of the credit for the film's success should go to Australian director Simon Wincer, who does a fine job of understanding and depicting the film's Southern U.S. setting.