Luis Argueta is a Guatemalan-American director and producer whose work spans feature films, documentaries, shorts, commercials, and episodic TV. His film The Silence of Neto – the story of a 12-year-old boy coming of age 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 film in his Immigration Trilogy, was featured in 13 international film festivals and premiered on PBS in December 2012. The second film, ABRAZOS, 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, will complete the immigration trilogy. It tells the story of a group of migrant women and under-age workers who broke the silence about the abuses they endured and of the community that would not abandon them. Luis Argueta was awarded the Order of Quetzal in the degree of Grand Officer, the highest honor given by Guatemala.