APPLETON - The upcoming “Postcards” program scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 25 will include a segment on the documentary about children in Worthington being united with their grandparents in Guatemala.

The program begins by telling the story of how critically acclaimed Guatemalan film director Luis Argueta found his way to Worthington to make “Abrazos,” a movie about a group of U.S. citizen children who traveled 3,000 miles to Guatemala to meet their grandparents for the first time. Argueta was inspired to make the film after he learned about Familias Juntas, a local organization dedicated to the unification of families divided by the current U.S. immigration system.

Catalina Martin, Amy and Jessica Ventura and Eugenio Lopez are interviewed about the film and what it was like to travel to Guatemala to meet family members.

“I believe that if we begin to see the immigrant not as the other, but as ourselves, we’re really beginning a process of personal, emotional and spiritual healing that is much needed in this country,” Argueta said.

The award-winning “Postcards” is a weekly art, culture and history program featuring the people and communities of western and southwest Minnesota. The 30-minute episode will be repeated at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 26 and 7 p.m. Jan. 29. The program will also be available for online viewing on the morning of Jan. 26 through www.pioneer.org/postcards.

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