Documentary Standards versus "Longoria Affair"
The National Endowment for the Humanities sets standards for historical documentation. Read the NEH standards below followed by violations in the documentary and you decide whether or not The Longoria Affair qualifies as a historical documentary. Write us with your opinion.
Manipulations, omissions, and distortions (changes) are designated as unacceptable by the National Endowment for the Humanities, see http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/researchmisconduct.html.
What is a historical documentary? Both words: historical and documentary mean that the representation of fact, character, and events are true. While The Longoria Affair did not receive funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities, it is incumbent upon producers of a historical documentary to respect the trust of the viewing public by upholding these standards. It is surprising that the film's funding sources, which include public tax money and trusted endowments, do not uphold these standards in this film.
The Longoria Affair artistically and purposely creates a racist metaphor by portraying the people of Three Rivers, Texas, and Thomas W. Kennedy, Jr., the deceased local funeral director, as bigots typical of Texas in 1949. It pits a stereotypical “white” upper class population against a stereotypical impoverished “Mexican American” community by presenting false representation and half-truths.
Established on the Fourth of July, 1913, Three Rivers was developed in the twentieth century without the history of dissention and war that plagued much of the Border States. It is an unusual agrarian community of hard working multicultural people. Families of European and Anglo-American descent picked cotton right along with Hispanic counterparts. All worked side by side on the ranches. Cultural differences were accepted, and often in shared celebration. They worked together for the betterment of all.
Check these pages to see how the abundant manipulations and distortions and omissions completely destroy any sense of balance in "The Longoria Affair".