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7.7

El Norte (1983)

El Norte
Running time: 139 min. | Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Immigration
El Norte

Synopsis

Mayan Indian peasants, tired of being thought of as nothing more than "brazos fuertes" ("strong arms", i.e., manual laborers) and organizing in an effort to improve their lot in life, are discovered by the Guatemalan army. After the army destroys their village and family, a brother and sister, teenagers who just barely escaped the massacre, decide they must flee to "El Norte" ("the North", i.e., the USA). After receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant on strategies for traveling through Mexico, they make their way by truck, bus and other means to Los Angeles, where they try to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants.

Ranking

IMDb
7.7

Cast

Nominations & Awards

Academy Awards

Best Original Screenplay
NOMINATED

Montreal Film Festival

Grand Prix des Amériques
WINNER

Details

Original title

El Norte

Director

Gregory Nava

Producer

American Playhouse

Running time

139 min.

Screenwriter

Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas

Music

The Folkloristas, Malecio Martinez, Linda O'Brien, Emil Richards

Cinematography

James Glennon

Year

1983

Country

United States United States

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