Luis Argueta is a Guatemalan-American film director and producer whose work spans feature films, documentaries, shorts, commercial and episodic TV. Argueta has been telling transnational immigrant stories since 1977. His feature film, The Silence of Neto – a coming-of-age story 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. Argueta was awarded the Order of Quetzal in the degree of Grand Officer, the highest honor given by Guatemala. He is the recipient of the 2019 Harris Wofford Global Citizen award, the highest honor bestowed upon a global leader by National Peace Corps Association.
His film series on immigration [abUSed: The Postville Raid, ABRAZOS and The U Turn] brings into sharp focus the true human face of immigrants, their resilience and the vision of communities, which recognize the contributions immigrants make to the American society. He is currently at work on a new immigration film that will look at the long lasting effects of family separations. If you would like to support his work, please click the donate button.
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