El Norte

El Norte

Zaide Silvia Gutierrez
Director: Gregory Nava Cast: Zaide Silvia Gutierrez
Zaide Silvia Gutierrez
, David Villalpando
David Villalpando
, Ernesto Gómez Cruz
Ernesto Gómez Cruz
Gregory Nava

Blu-ray (Wide Screen / Mono / Wide Screen / Mono)

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El Norte is a realistic picture of both the Guatemalan government's oppression of the Quiche Indians and the hard life of illegal immigrants in the United States. After the Guatemalan army destroys their village of San Pedro, two teenage Quiche Mayan Indian siblings journey north (hence El Norte) through Mexico to the United States to start a new life. The film opens with the destruction of the village and the peasants' pointless appeals to the authorities for justice. Realizing that the government is seizing their land, Enrique and Rosa make the difficult decision to leave their people behind. As they journey through Mexico, the siblings encounter a number of helpful individuals who direct them towards the U.S./Mexican border. There they find a "coyote" (a professional human smuggler) and make the frightening run across border. Once across, Enrique and Rosa are introduced to the impossible realities of life as an illegal immigrant in Los Angeles. Living in constant fear of deportation, they struggle to survive as they are exploited by a series of employers. Eventually, their luck takes a turn for the better when the manager of their motel offers Enrique a job.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/20/2009
UPC: 0715515035125
Original Release: 1983
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 2:20:00
Sales rank: 16,009

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Gregory Nava, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; New audio commentary featuring Nava; In the Service of Shadows: The Making of "El Norte"; The Journal of Diego Rodriguez Silva; Gallery of Chiapas location-scouting photographs; Theatrical trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by novelist Héctor Tobar and critic Roger Ebert's 1983 review

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zaide Silvia Gutierrez Rosa Xuncax
David Villalpando Enrique Xuncax
Ernesto Gómez Cruz Arturo Xuncax
Alicia del Lago Lupe Xuncax
Eraclio Zepeda Pedro
Stella Quan Josefita
Emilio del Haro Truck Driver
Rodrigo Puebla Puma
Trinidad Silva Monty
Abel Franco Raimundo
Mike Gomez Jaime
Lupe Ontiveros Nacha
Larry Cedar Bruce
Sheryl Bernstein Karen
Tony Plana Carlos
Diane Civita Alice
Jorge Moreno Man in Bus
Rodolfo Aleiandre Ramon
Enrique J. Castillo Jorge
Ronald G. Joseph Joel
John L. Martin Ed

Technical Credits
Gregory Nava Director,Screenwriter
Betsy Blankett Editor
James Glennon Cinematographer
Anna Thomas Producer,Screenwriter
David Wasco Set Decoration/Design

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