- Original title
- Running time
- 139 min.
- United States
Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas
The Folkloristas, Malecio Martinez, Linda O'Brien, Emil Richards
Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez,
Ernesto Gómez Cruz,
Alicia del Lago
American Playhouse / Channel Four Films / Independent Productions
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.
: Nominated for Oscar: Best Original Screenplay
: Montréal World Film Festival: Best Film
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
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