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Independent Lens: The Longoria Affair

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A documentary on the Mexican American civil rights movement. The film tells the story of one key injustice - the refusal, by a small-town funeral home in Texas after World War II, to care for a dead soldier's body "because the whites wouldn't like it" - and shows how the Incident sparked outrage nationwide, and contributed to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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  • Actors: Narrated by Tony Plana
  • Directors: John Valadez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: February 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0047H7PZA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,746 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on July 17, 2011
In watching this, I thought a lot about the film "Lone Star." That film ends with the LatinA character and her white male love interest learning that have a lot in common, if you know what I mean. European Americans and Mexican Americans have many European ancestors in common. This work showed a lot of matters that were gray, rather than black and white. This documentary shows the daughters of key players here visiting their father's defunct offices. The equality or shared characteristics of the two groups gets emphasized here in several ways.

The Longoria Affair is based upon a white Pennsylvanian refusing to allow his chapel to be used for a Mexican-American war hero's funeral. The mortician didn't say he disliked Mexicans: he said he feared that other whites would punish him for it. Later, he dies in a VA hospital back east feeling vilified. (However, I would ask, "Why didn't he change like Strom Thurmond?" Why didn't he say that he was wrong and would promise to serve all mourning families from then on out?)

LBJ got Longoria buried in Arlington with full honors. However, he made sure not to be seen at the burial for fear that white voters would retaliate. While he encouraged hospitals not to discriminate against Mexican Americans, he also spent time aggressively voting against civil rights legislation. However, he eventually got the Voting Rights Act passed and this ended poll taxes and got many Mexican Americans in positions of power. Was this a dream deferred? By not addressing all matters of justice, did he open the doors to address those issues more effectively in the long run? Again, it wasn't LBJ's own views, but his fear of other's prejudices.

Nowadays, both political parties fight aggressively for the Latina/o vote.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tejano on June 19, 2013
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When I was young my father talked about the soldier that couldn't be buried in his hometown white cemetery. My father spoke with admiration of Dr. Garcia and LBJ. I never got the complete facts till now. I would also like to thank all those involved in the creation and distribution of this film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pugged on April 14, 2013
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I was first drawn to this video because I was born in Three Rivers Tx and was interested in it's history even though I left there at the age of one. This video was quite an awakening for me and I am glad I have seen it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Boudreaux2 on January 10, 2013
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I received the item and it was shipped to me very quickly. The item was just as described. Thanks to all.
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By Alejandro P. Gomez on June 30, 2014
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