Guatemalan filmmaker’s “The U-Turn” documentary showing March 7 at Minnesota West
WORTHINGTON — An award-winning Guatemalan filmmaker will soon return to Worthington to screen his latest documentary in a three-part series that addresses Latinx immigration into the United States.
On March 7, filmmaker Luis Argueta will be among crowds gathered to view his latest film, “The U-Turn.” The curtain will be drawn on the documentary that tells the story of immigrant women and under-age workers in Postville, Iowa during noon and 6:30 p.m. showings at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Fine Arts Theater in Worthington. The free screenings of the film — which shed light on the after-effects of the 2008 raid at the Agriprocessors meat packing plant in Postville and the community that rallied to support its immigrant neighbors — are hosted by the college and Nobles County Integration Collaborative’s Culture Corner.
Le Lucht, director of cultural diversity at Minnesota West, said the Culture Corner is excited to welcome Argueta back after what she considered a “powerful” previous screening of his documentary “abUSed: The Postville Raid.”
She hopes the upcoming screening will promote a continued dialog as well as educate the public about the benefits of immigrant populations.
“(Immigrants) aren’t always treated the way they should be,” she said. “If more people are educated, it brings everybody closer together — it really does.”
Interviewees featured in the 55-minute documentary speak either English or Spanish. The film is subtitled in English. Argueta will be on hand following the showings for discussions, Lucht said.
Argueta will visit Worthington following screenings and participation in training and discussion events in the Ames and Des Moines, Iowa areas.
Argueta was recently awarded the National Peace Corps Association’s 2019 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award. The recognition — the NPCA’s highest honor — is awarded to “an outstanding global leader” whose life was impacted by the Peace Corps, the official award announcement states.
To watch a trailer of “The U-Turn” documentary, visit theuturnfilm.com.