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        Children of Giant: Intersectionality

        Children of Giant unearths the deeply wrought emotions surrounding the de-facto segregation of Anglos and Latinos in the small West Texas town of Marfa, before, during, and after the month-long production of George Stevens’ 1956 feature film, Giant, which tells the story of three generations of a powerful Texas ranching dynasty. Based on Edna Ferber’s controversial novel, Giant was a different kind of western, one that took an unflinching look at feminism and class divisions and one of the first films to explore the racial divide between Anglos and Mexican Americans in the Southwest.  In this lesson, students will learn about the important role that the diversity of personal and social identities played in the creation and narrative of Giant and the value of telling and viewing stories through an intersectional lens today.

        Children of Giant: Intersectionality | Lesson Plan

        Using clips from Hector Galan’s documentary, "Children of Giant," students will explore the intersection of identities in their own lives and in the lives of the people in the West Texas town of Marfa, before, during, and after the month-long production of George Stevens’ 1956 feature film, "Giant."

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        Children of Giant: Intersectionality | Clip 1

        In this clip from "Children of Giant," students explore major controversial figures surrounding "Giant."

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        Children of Giant: Intersectionality | Clip 2

        In this clip from "Children of Giant," students learn about Elsa Cárdenas, whose role in "Giant" as Juana reflected the treatment of Mexican-Americans in Texas during the period of filming.

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