Congratulations John Valadez + Judith Vechhione for the Longoria Affair Imagen Award!!

John Valadez’ THE LONGORIA AFFAIR won Best Documentary/Film or Television. THE LONGORIA AFFAIR tells the story of Private Felix Longoria who was killed in battle fighting the Japanese during World War II. But when his body was sent home to Three Rivers, Texas, the town’s only funeral parlor refused to allow his family to use their chapel because “the whites wouldn't like it.” The incident sparked national outrage and brought together two savvy political leaders, Senator Lyndon Johnson and Dr. Hector Garcia. Their complex, sometimes contentious relationship would help Latinos become a national political force for the first time in American history. The Longoria Affair would also propel John Kennedy to the White House, and lead President Johnson to sign the most important civil rights legislation of the twentieth century.

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