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El Norte

  • 141 min
  • Retrospective
  • Mexico/USA
  • 1983
The Oscar-nominated classic film about the plight of the undocumented. Siblings, Rosa and Enrique flee persecution in Guatemala and journey to the promised land of "El Norte” only to encounter more injustice.
35th Anniversary • Academy Restoration
About The Film

Indigenous Mayans, Rosa and Enrique, are forced to flee their village during the Guatemalan Civil War to avoid ethnic and political persecution. After an arduous trek through Mexico, they face horrific conditions to cross the border into the United States. When they finally reach Los Angeles, immigration raids and employment troubles overwhelm their new life. Unable to live freely or return to their home in Guatemala, Rosa and Enrique find themselves caught in the margins.

Rendered in incredibly rich color, director Gregory Nava tells a heartbreaking story that mixes magical and social realism. El Norte endures as a painfully relevant story about the realities of undocumented immigrants in the United States and their harrowing journeys to seek out a better life.

– Rebecca Green, Retrospective Programmer

A Q&A with director Gregory Nava will immediately follow this screening, schedule permitting.

El Norte (1983) was restored in 2017 by the Academy Film Archive, supported in part by the Getty Foundation.

Director
  • Gregory Nava
Producer
  • Anna Thomas
Starring
  • Zaide Silvia Gutierrez
  • David Villalpando
  • Lupe Ontiveros
Screenwriters
  • Gregory Nava
  • Anna Thomas

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