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The Giant Tent

The Giant Tent is the story, told in music, of a little boy who is separated from his parents and detained at the United States border. The story is sung by a woman who witnesses his painful journey and must sort through her emotions as she imagines him through healing in better days.

  • Rhea Farbman
    First Project
  • Isabeth Bakke Hardy
  • Rhea Farbman
  • Michele Farbman
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 7, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Distribution Information
  • Social Media: YouTube, Facebook, Instagram; Raices website
    Rights: All Rights, Internet, Video / Disc
Director Biography - Rhea Farbman

Rhea Farbman is a music teacher and composer, and uses music to focus and empower her students and clients. Her book, Is Your Child Really Listening, has seen consistent international sales since its publication in 2015. She is at work now on various compositions and a second book, which she hopes to see published in 2024.

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Director Statement

I am a music teacher and composer, and I use music to empower my students. In 2018, my friend and poet, Isabeth Bakke Hardy asked me to write music to her poem "The Giant Tent." It's about a little immigrant boy separated from his parents and detained at the Mexican Border in a giant tent.

On October 11, 2018, the Giant Tent in El Paso, Texas, housed hundreds of immigrant children. It has taken me almost two years to complete the music and now, in 2022, hundreds of children are still waiting to be reunited with their families.

And so this song has become a rally cry to bring these children back into the arms of their mothers.