Luis Argueta is a film director and producer whose work spans features, documentaries, shorts and episodic TV. He has also worked as commercial director, lecturer and teacher in the United States, Europe and throughout the Americas. Born and raised in Guatemala, Argueta is a U.S. Citizen and has been a resident of New York since 1977. His film The Silence of Neto is the only Guatemalan film ever to have been submitted to the Academy Awards competition and he is the only Guatemalan director to have received a CLIO. In April 2009, the British newspaper The Guardian, listed Mr. Argueta as one of Guatemala’s National Living Icons, alongside Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu and Singer/Songwriter Ricardo Arjona. In 2010, he released abUSed: The Postville Raid, a film about the devastating effects of US immigration enforcement policies on children, families and communities. The film premiered on the PBS World program America Reframed on December 2012, won “Best Documentary Audience Award” at Cinemaissi Film Festival in Finland and has been presented at nearly 200 venues -including immigration and workers conferences, faith based communities, universities and colleges and 13 international film festivals. ABRAZOS (2014), the second film in Luis Argueta's immigration trilogy, follows the journey of 14 U.S. Citizen Children from Minnesota to Guatemala to meet their grandparents -and in some instances their siblings- for the first time. The U Turn (2017), which completes the trilogy, tells the story of a group of 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 and the lives of those that walked along with them.
Luis Argueta is a Guatemalan-American director and producer. The Silence of Neto – a coming-of-age film set in 1954 Cold-War-Guatemala is the first Guatemala’s film internationally recognized and awarded. The Guardian listed Mr. Argueta as one of Guatemala’s National Living Icons, alongside Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu and Singer/Songwriter Ricardo Arjona. abUSed: The Postville Raid is Argueta’s first documentary film in his Immigration Trilogy, tells the story of the largest, most expensive and most brutal immigration raid in the history of the USA.. The second documentary film, ABRAZOS (2014), follows the journey of 14 U.S. Citizen Children from Minnesota to Guatemala to meet their grandparents -and in some instances their siblings- for the first time. The U Turn (2017) narrates the saga of a group of undocumented immigrant women and under-age workers who broke the silence about the abuses they endured and of the community that would not abandon them. It also portraits some of the community members who experienced the life-changing effects of walking along with the immigrant workers. Finally, the documentary showcases the U visa, an immigration relief in much need of dissemination among, and understanding by, immigrants, immigration rights-advocates and law-enforcement. Luis Argueta’s films can now be viewed on-line at www.luisarguetaa.com.
Films by Luis Argueta
ABRAZOS tells the transformational journey of a group of U.S. Citizen Children, sons and daughters of undocumented immigrants, who travel from Minnesota to Guatemala to meet their grandparents -and in some instances their siblings - for the first time. There are 4.5 million other U.S. citizen children who, like them, have at least one undocumented parent and are part of mixed-status families, ABRAZOS is the story of 14 of them.
The perversion of the U.S. Constitution, the rule of law, and due process, and the human face of immigration are revealed through the gripping personal stories of the individuals, the families and the town that survived the most brutal, most expensive and largest immigration raid in the history of the United States.