Luis Argueta

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Luis Argueta born November 7, 1946 full name: Luis Alberto Argueta Amézquita[1]) is a critically acclaimed Guatemalan film director and producer.[2][3] In 1988 He founded Morningside Movies, primarily producing TV commercials, including many for the Spanish speaking demographic. His 1994 film, El Silencio de Neto (The Silence of Neto) was submitted to the foreign films category in the 67th Academy Awards, the first submission from Guatemala.[4] It is a "coming of age" story that takes place amid a military coup in Guatemala in 1954.[2][5]

In 2002, Argueta produced and directed "Collect Call", a film about a poor Guatemalan immigrant caught in a spinning NYC film production world.[1][6]

In 2005, Agueta participated in a documentary film, "Los orígenes del silencio", about the 20 years leading up to the production of "The Silence of Neto".[7]

In 2008, Argueta appeared as Paco the cobbler in "Looking for Palladin", a film about a Hollywood producer finding spiritual grounding during a visit to Guatemala.[7]

In 2010, Argueta produced and directed a documentary film,"abUSed:The Postville Raid", about the May 12, 2008 U.S. Immigration raid of a kosher meat-packing plant in Postville, Iowa.

Argueta studied at the University of Michigan.[1] His movies tend to depict Latin American culture and the struggle for peace.


  1. ^ a b c Lemus, Juan Carlos (July 27, 2003). "Cineasta Luis Argueta". Prensa Libre (in Spanish). Retrieved January 25, 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b Shea, Maureen E. (2001). Culture and customs of Guatemala. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 71–72. ISBN 978-0-313-30596-2. 
  3. ^ "Share: ShareThis Print Comment Back Home Free Friday flicks bring international movies to East Somerville". Wicked Local Somerville. Somerville Journal. GateHouse News Service. August 27, 2007. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ Horn, John (January 20, 1995). "Oscars are gold for foreign films". Daily News. AP. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  5. ^ Marx, Gary (July 31, 1995). "Breaking the silence; Luis Argueta hopes his film can help resolve Guatemala's conflicts". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ Collect Call
  7. ^ a b Luis Argueta at the Internet Movie Database