Documentary Filmmaker On Campus for Film Screening

September 28 2017
Category: Events

The U Turn documentary film

Today, Thursday, September 28, the community is invited to a film screening and Q&A with Luis Argueta, an award-winning director, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Gannett Tripp Library Lecture Hall.

The screening will feature Argueta’s documentary film, The U Turn, which narrates the transformational journey of the immigrant workers who broke the silence about the abuses they endured at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, and the community that would not abandon them.

As the third documentary film in Luis Argueta’s Immigration Trilogy, The U-Turn sheds light upon the U-Visa, an immigration relief - part of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) - in much need of dissemination and understanding by immigrant workers, immigration rights-advocates and law enforcement.

Luis Argueta is a Guatemalan-American film director and producer. His 1994 film, The Silence of Neto, a coming-of-age film set in Cold War-era Guatemala, was the first Guatemalan film to be internationally recognized. For the past 8 years, Argueta has dedicated his life to producing a trilogy of documentaries (Abused: The Postville Raid (2010), Abrazos (2014), and now The U-Turn).

This event is co-sponsored by the Elmira College Spanish Club and the Student Activities Board.