The U Turn, the third documentary in Luis Argueta's immigration trilogy, narrates the transformational journey of immigrant workers who broke their silence about abuses endured at the Agriprocessors Inc. meatpacking plant in Potsville, Iowa. The film showcases the U visa, which permits victims of certain crimes who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse while in the United States to enter or remain when they might not otherwise be able to do so.
Luis Argueta is a Guatemalan-American film director and producer. His 1994 film, The Silence of Neto, a coming-of-age film set in Cold War-era Guatemala, was the first Guatemalan film to be internationally recognized. Since then, Argueta has produced a trilogy of documentaries (AbUSed: The Pottsville Raid , Abrazos , and The U Turn ) that present the human face of immigration and aim to contribute to the national and international conversation on one of the most important topics of our time.
Co-sponsored by the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) and African Studies Program.