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The film documents the lives of immigrant workers and the abuses they endured in a meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. It also presents a portrait of how the local community supported them following an immigration raid and during subsequent legal cases.
Luis Argueta is a Guatemalan-American director and producer who has been telling transnational immigrant stories since 1977. His film, "The Silence of Neto," is a coming-of-age story of a 12-year-old boy in 1954 and is one of the most widely recognized Guatemalan films. Argueta is the first filmmaker to be awarded the Order of Quetzal in the degree of Grand Officer, the highest honor given by the Guatemalan State.