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Documentary Night: ABRAZOS with Q&A

DIRECTED BY: Luis Argueta



Post-film Q&A with Director Luis Argueta and Father Rick Ryscavage, moderated by NPR

ABRAZOS narrates story of the transformational journey of a group of U.S. citizen children who travel 3,000 miles, from Minnesota to Guatemala, to visit their parents' homeland and meet their grandparents for the first time. After being separated for nearly two decades, these families are able to share stories, strengthen traditions and begin to reconstruct their cultural identity.

LUIS ARGUETA is a film director and producer whose work spans features, documentaries, shorts and episodic TV. He has also worked as commercial director, lecturer and teacher in the United States, Europe and throughout the Americas. Born and raised in Guatemala, Argueta is a U.S. Citizen and has been a resident of New York since 1977. His film The Silence of Neto is the only Guatemalan film ever to have been submitted to the Academy Awards competition and he is the only Guatemalan director to have received a CLIO. In April 2009, the British newspaper The Guardian, listed Mr. Argueta as one of Guatemala


LANGUAGE: In Spanish & English with English subtitles


RUNNING TIME: 44 minutes


QUOTES: At this critical moment, when the official reactions to immigration are criminalization of immigrants, increased border controls, and closing of the doors to neighboring countries, there must be an alternative response. That alternative is the humanization of immigrants. We need to open our arms and embrace (the immigrants). ABRAZOS is the alternative.




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