Luis Argueta, 1st filmmaker to receive the Order of Quetzal, Guatemala’s highest
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On Tuesday, August 4, Guatemalan-born film, Luis Argueta, was awarded the Order of Quetzal in the degree of Grand Officer in a ceremony held in Guatemala City following the premiere of his latest documentary ABRAZOS. Argueta, whose 1994 fiction film "The Silence of Neto” set a precedent in the Guatemalan film industry, became the first-ever filmmaker to receive Guatemala’s highest national medal for his passionate stories about migrants.
In bestowing the honor, Guatemalan Foreign Minister Carlos Raúl Morales thanked Argueta for raising awareness about the realities of Guatemalan migrants living in the United States. In a moving acceptance speech, Argueta said “I dedicate this award to the millions of migrants who’ve left their homes, risked everything and who -despite not receiving the much-promised immigration reform, the long awaited TPS- toil every day without knowing if they will return home that night.” He dedicated the award “to the New York construction workers, to the midwest factory workers; to the houses-cleaners and to the day laborers who -with their remittances- help their families get ahead and sustain the economy of Guatemala.” “I also dedicate this award to all filmmakers who dream and struggle to tell our stories to the country and to the world,” he concluded.
Argueta’s immigration trilogy includes abUSed: The Postville Raid which looks one of the largest immigration raids and the impact on a small town in Iowa; ABRAZOS which traces the journey of 14 US citizen children, sons and daughters of undocumented migrants, who travel from Minnesota to Guatemala to meet their grandparents -- and in some cases their siblings -- for the first time; and The U-Turn (in post production) which explores the transformation in the lives of several of the women and underage workers from the plant in Postville who have received a U visa. The filmmaker is currently on an outreach tour with ABRAZOS to elevate the conversation about immigrant rights and the need for immigration reform. To find out more information about the film or the tour please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (US) +1.347-325-4608 or (Guatemala) +502-5051.1510