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El Norte

Genres: Drama, Criterion Collection, Culture, Expeditions / Exploration, Mexico, Latino Drama

Cast: Ernesto Gomez Cruz, David Villalpando, Zaide Silvia Gutierrez

Director: Gregory Nava

Synopsis: Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life. It's a story that happens every day, but until Gregory Nava's groundbreaking EL NORTE (The North), the personal travails of immigrants crossing the border to America had never been shown in the movies with such urgent humanism. A work of social realism imbued with dreamlike imagery, EL NORTE is a lovingly rendered, heartbreaking story of hope and survival, which critic Roger Ebert called "a Grapes of Wrath for our time."

Language: Spanish

Country of Origin: United States of America

Production Year: 1983


  • ""A great film . . . stunning visual and musical power."", Roger Ebert


  • 1984: Nominee, Oscar, Best Screenplay, Academy

El Norte
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