June 17, 2019

Abrazos Cover

NYU Washington, DC, National Peace Corps Association and the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington hosted an evening film screening of ABRAZOS followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, Luis Argueta. The panel was moderated by Randy Capps, Director of Research for U.S. Programs at the Migration Policy Institute and also featured Lisa Kremer, OFS, and children from the film.

Mr. Argueta is the 2019 recipient of the Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award, which honors an outstanding global leader who grew up in a country where Peace Corps Volunteers served, whose life was influenced by Peace Corps, and whose career contributed significantly to their nation and the world in ways that reflect shared values in human dignity and economic, social, and political development. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a global leader by National Peace Corps Association (NPCA). Read more on the NPCA blog post.

The 45-minute documentary focuses on a group of U.S. citizen children who travel 3,000 miles, from Minnesota to Guatemala, to meet their grandparents for the first time. After being separated for nearly two decades, these families are able to share stories, strengthen traditions and begin to reconstruct their cultural identity.

Please note that this event may have been filmed and/or photographed.  

Luis Argueta

Luis Argueta

Randy Capps

Randy Capps

Lisa Kremer

Lisa Kremer