Nebraska Appleseed, the NAACP, Lincoln Chapter, the Progressive Student Coalition and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Institute for Ethnic Studies are sponsoring a free showing of the film abUSed: The Postville Raid at the Mary Riepma Ross Theater located at 313 North 13th Street in Lincoln at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 29th. The free screening will be followed by a discussion of the film with the director Luis Argueta.
abUSed documents the effects of the largest and most expensive immigration raid in the history of the United States which occurred in the small town of Postville located in Northwestern Iowa. Over the course of four days, immigration enforcement shackled and processed nearly 300 workers in group proceedings that violated due process. Through a series of personal narratives, this film examines this brutal process and the effects the raid left behind on a devastated community.
Director Luis Argueta is a native of Guatemala and a graduate of the University of Michigan. He is also the director of El Silencio de Neto a 1994 film which is the only Guatemalan film to be considered for an Academy Award.