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A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story

In the small town of Edna, Texas, in 1951, field hand Pete Hernandez killed a tenant farmer after exchanging words in a cantina. From this murder emerged a landmark civil rights case that would change the lives and legal standing of ten of millions of Americans. Tells the story of an underdog band of Mexican American lawyers who took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, where they challenged Jim Crow-style discrimination against Mexican Americans. Lawyers forged a daring legal strategy, arguing that Mexican Americans were "a class apart" from a legal system that recognized only blacks and whites. Directed by Carlos Sandoval and Peter Miller. Special features: "Making of" featurette with filmmaker, interviews, behind the scenes footage, and photos; a slideshow of photographer Russell Lee's iconic images of Mexican American life in the 1940's; bonus scenes; materials for educators. c2009. 60 min.
Reviews and articles:
Prince, Rob. "A Class Apart." Film & History ; Fall2010, Vol. 40 Issue 2, p131-134, 4p Full-text of this article / review is available:Berkeley users only