By Gregory NAVA


Drama - Completed 1984

& Awards

Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2019
Special Gala
    • Year of production
    • 1984
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • USA
    • Languages
    • Duration
    • 141 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Gregory NAVA
    • Synopsis
    • Civil war has been raging in Guatemala for decades. Rosa and her brother Enrique are fleeing the merciless slaughter of the indigenous population. They are heading north. The term ‘el norte’ has acquired a certain mythical greatness in their homeland, whose austere beauty contrasts with the poverty its people bear with dignity and solidarity. It refers to the USA and its promise of prosperity. But during the pair’s gruelling journey through Mexico, they start to realise just how hostile a destination ‘el norte’ is for those hoping for a better life. Stranded in infamous Tijuana, they put their lives at risk to cross the strictly guarded border. And even when they reach their destination, there can be no arrival for those who may be permitted to toil but are not afforded a place in society. Released in 1984, El Norte is known today as one of the first US-indie films to enjoy great success outside the Hollywood system. Gregory Nava’s epic work was nominated for a screenplay Oscar. Told from the point of view of two young siblings, his escape story puts a human face on the countless victims who must flee from living conditions in Latin America, making the film now more topical than ever.
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