Chavez Ravine / The Longoria Affair
  • September 6, 2012 - 7:00pm

The film will be followed by a moderated discussion with special guests.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are FREE to the general public and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis beginning at 6:30 p.m. The auditorium seats 248.

For more information, follow Fort Worth Movies That Matter or call 817-392-7525.

Chavez Ravine – 2003, NR, 26 minutes. During the early 1950s, the city of Los Angeles forcefully evicted the 300 families of Chavez Ravine to make way for a low-income public housing project. The land was cleared and the homes, schools and the church were razed. But instead of building the promised housing, the city—in a move rife with political controversy—sold the land to Brooklyn Dodgers baseball owner Walter O’Malley, who built Dodger Stadium on the site. The residents of Chavez Ravine, who had been promised first pick of the apartments in the proposed housing project, were given no reimbursement for their destroyed property and forced to scramble for housing elsewhere.

The Longoria Affair – 2010, NR, 51 minutes. The aftermath of a notorious incident that occurred in the small Texas town of Three Rivers -- and sparked a nationwide civil rights movement by Latinos -- is the focus of this engrossing documentary. When Pvt. Felix Longoria's remains were sent home after he was killed in World War II, the town's lone funeral parlor refused to hold services for him because he wasn't white, a decision that led to a racial divide that still exists in Three Rivers.