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El Norte

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Original title
El Norte
Year
Running time
139 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas
Music
The Folkloristas, Malecio Martinez, Linda O'Brien, Emil Richards
Cinematography
James Glennon
Cast
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Producer
American Playhouse / Channel Four Films / Independent Productions
Genre
Adventure. Drama. Thriller | Immigration
Synopsis / Plot
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.
Awards
1984: Nominated for Oscar: Best Original Screenplay
1984: Montréal World Film Festival: Best Film
1984: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
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