Hidalgo is based on the 'true story' of Frank Hopkins, an American cowboy who took part in a 3,000 mile desert horse race from Arabia to Iraq. Or did he? There's been some controversy surrounding this film and not only because of its dubious historical claims (see here too). The cultural stereotyping of the Arabs has also been criticised. Several intestesting themes to explore then, with plenty of discussion material available on the Internet.