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El Norte

El Norte

El Norte

1983 / 141min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: GREGORY NAVA

A visually sumptuous low-budget independent epic clad in the riotous colors of the southwest, Nava’s El Norte follows teenaged brother and sister Enrique and Rose, fleeing persecution in their native Guatemala, on a treacherous overland journey across the whole of Mexico in search of a new life in a California that will prove to be something less than the promised land. A Sundance sensation turned art house hit combining ripped-from-the-headlines topicality and occasional magical realist flourishes, and one of the seminal works of ‘80s American independent cinema. “A Grapes of Wrath for our time.”—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times