The U Turn tells the story of a group of Guatemalan immigrant women and children who broke the silence about the abuses committed against them at the Agriprocessors, Inc plant in Postville, Iowa and -thanks to the solidarity of the community that accompanied them and to the U Visa- transformed their lives.
“The U Turn brings us back to the beginning of (Luis Argueta’s immigration) trilogy to give credence to the memory, the struggle for justice, and the willingness to continue to raise the voice in the name of the rights of immigrants. Within the present anti-immigrant context that is lived in the modern world, this trilogy is an indispensable resource to contemplate the face of immigration.”
The U Turn, the third documentary of Luis Argueta’s immigration Trilogy, tells the story of a group of Guatemalan Immigrant women and children, who lost their fear of speaking out about the abuses committed against them at the Agriprocessors, Inc plant in Postville, Iowa and - thanks to the solidarity of the community that accompanied them and to the U-visa - transformed their lives.
The U Visa is a immigration remedy - part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA 2000) - created to assist authorities in engaging victims of crimes of violence and to protect unauthorized immigrant victims of such crimes.
The women of The U Turn are precursors of the #MeToo movement.
“It is profoundly satisfying to me to think that my stories about Postville in The New York Times helped inspire your sustained, important documentary work about the raids and their aftermath. It was exciting to see the final film, with the good news about the favorable outcomes for some of the immigrants and your role in making that happen.”
(Luis Argueta’s Immigration Trilogy of films) “makes an interesting contribution to the debate on migration, providing a human face to the inequality of opportunities. The three films reveal the factors that drive migration and particularly the human impacts - something academic literature is much less able to do.”