The program begins by telling the story of how critically acclaimed Guatemalan film director Luis Arguetafound his way to Worthington, Minnesota to make a movie about a group of U.S. citizen children who traveled 3,000 miles to Guatemala to meet their grandparents for the first time. Argueta was inspired to make the film after he learned about Familias Juntas, a local organization dedicated to the unification of families divided by the current U.S. immigration system. Catalina Martin, Amy and Jessica Ventura and Eugenio Lopez are interviewed about the film and what it was like to travel to Guatemala to meet family members. “I believe that if we begin to see the immigrant not as the other, but as ourselves, we’re really beginning a process of personal, emotional, and spiritual healing that is much needed in this country,” said filmmaker Argueta.
Photographer Rob Rakow from Odessa is an engineer at Pioneer Public Television where he spends his weekdays dealing with a myriad of technical issues, but on the weekends Rakow often goes out with his camera to photograph old barns and tall grass prairies, stunning sunsets, turbulent clouds and flowing water of western Minnesota and the Dakotas. Rakow is a Meander Arts Crawl artist who has been a lifelong resident of Big Stone County. “Taking photos is almost like a therapy for me,“ said Rakow.
The final segment of the program is a story about Sheila Tabaka, a costume designer and theater professor at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall for the past 16 years. Tabaka’s workgarnered attention last summer when two of SMSU’s costumes were sent to London to appear in a production there. “It was really exciting for our theater program, and the two dresses get to live another life, “ Tabaka said. “I think I have the best job in the world because it’s different all the time,” she continued. “We really love it here; we love the community, the students -- they really become a part of our life.”