February 23, 2009

New Documentary: "abUSed: The Postville Raid"

"Critically acclaimed director of The Silence of Neto, Luis Argueta, along
with co-producer Vivian Rivas, are in the post-production stage of abUSed -
The Postville Raid, the full-length documentary that tells the story of the
most brutal, most expensive, and one of the largest Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) raids in the history of the United States. By weaving
together the personal stories of the individuals, the families, and the town
directly affected by the events of May 12, 2008, the film presents the human
face of the issue of immigration reform and serves as a cautionary tale
against abuses of constitutional human rights.

In addition to the film, abUSed - The Postville Raid Archives is an
audio-visual collection of the interviews recorded in the making of the
documentary that will preserve the voices of the victims and witnesses of
the events of May 12, 2008. The collection will be housed at the Luther
College Library
in Decorah, Iowa. Recorded in the communities of Postville,
Iowa
and Calderas, DueƱas, El Rosario and Parramos, Guatemala; they will
serve as the collective memory of a paradigmatic event on the quest for
humane and comprehensive immigration reform in the United States."

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