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A housewife and her district attorney husband. A Persian store owner. Two police detectives
who are also lovers. An African-American television director and his wife. A Mexican locksmith. Twocar-jackers. A rookie policeman. A middle-aged Korean couple.
They all live in Los Angeles and during the next 36 hours they will all collide...Crash takes an
unflinching look at the complexities of racial (in)tolerance in contemporary America. Diving directly
into the diverse melting pot of post-9/11 Los Angeles, this urban drama tracks the volatile
intersections of a multi-ethnic cast of characters' struggles to overcome their fears as they careen in
and out of one another's lives.
Look at the Spanish version of this movie poster. What can you say about the film ? What kind of film
will it be ? What do you expect to see ?
New vocabulary : Think about the words “hate-crime.” What do you think this term means ? Try to
give your own definition with an example before we discuss it in class.
Stereotypes : provide as many examples from the film Crash as possible. You may make notes as you
watch the film.
Characters : As you watch the movie, identify the characters below.
Officer Ryan
Jean Cabot
Officer Hanson
Cameron Thayer
Christine Thayer
Detective Graham Waters
1. Have you ever been discriminated against because of your race or anything else ? Have you ever
treated someone else differently or poorly because of their race, sex, ethnicity, religion, or
orientation ?
2. With your knowledge/perceptions of the United States, is Crash a real representation of social
conditions in urban North America or is it hyper-exaggerated ? You may give opinions/facts.
3. At the film's beginning, which character seemed the most racist ? Did your feelings change by the
end ? Was there one character with whom you most identified ? Who was your favorite character ? And
your least favorite ? Explain.
Discussion: Officer Ryan at times represents both the best and worst in people regarding race. With a
group discuss his behavior. Ask one group member to make the argument that Ryan was a racist and
had no excuse for his actions. Another member should argue that Ryan was imperfect, but had reasons
to explain some of his actions. The case against him is obvious from his actions and words early in the
film. His "defender" should consider factors such as his father's illness, the fact that his job often
exposed him to the worst elements of all ethnicities, and his heroism in the burning car. What does
your group decide ? Can a person like Ryan be forgiven? Can he change? Why or why not ?
Writing : Choose one of the characters in the film and write a journal entry for the day's events we
see in the film. Talk about how you felt, what happened, and what you plan to do. (Minimum 75