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Avon Theatre In Stamford Holds Premiere Of Immigration Documentary Trilogy

The Avon Theatre will present a premiere screening of Luis Argueta’s documentary "The U-Turn" on Wednesday, Jan. 18.
The Avon Theatre will present a premiere screening of Luis Argueta’s documentary "The U-Turn" on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Avon Theatre in Stamford will host a premiere screening of Luis Argueta's documentary "The U-Turn" on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The third documentary film in Argueta’s immigration trilogy, "The U-Turn" traces the transformational journey of the immigrant workers who broke the silence about the abuses they endured at the Agriprocessors meat-packing plant in Postville, Iowa, and the community that would not abandon them.

The film's running time is 53 minutes. It's unrated.

The screening is co-presented by Neighbors Link Stamford, The International Institute of Connecticut, and Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. There will be a post-film Q&A with Argueta.

The screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for Carte Blanche members, $7 for members, $9 for students and seniors, and $12 for nonmembers. Click here to purchase tickets online.

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.

For the past eight years, Argueta has been dedicated to producing a trilogy of documentaries — "AbUSed:The Postville Raid" (2010), "Abrazos" (2014), and now "The U-Turn" (2016) --  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 the time.

The Guardian listed Argueta as one of Guatemala’s national living icons, alongside Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu and singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona.

In August 2015, Argueta was awarded the Order of Quetzal in the degree of Grand Officer, the highest honor given by Guatemala.

The Avon Film Center is at 272 Bedford St., Stamford.

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