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New Film Tries to Inject Compassion Into Immigration Debate

Published: Oct 28, 2010 2:00 pm By: Renee Feltz

"In his new film about the largest immigration raid in US history, acclaimed director Luis Argueta attempts to "create a new narrative about immigrants." A recent screening of abUSed: The Postville Raid, in New York City offered a glimpse of how this can work.

Most of the 389 people arrested on May 12, 2008 at the Agriprocessors meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa, are from Guatemala, where Argueta was born and raised. This helped him convince children of the undocumented workers to describe the sheer terror they experienced upon hearing their parents had been detained. He tracked down a mother separated from her son, and a worker who lost his house when he was deported and now lives in a shack without electricity or running water."

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