El Norte
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"Good intentions arent enough to compensate for bad editing, acting and writing."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"the definitive portrait of the experience of undocumented Latin-American workers in the United States"
‑ Jay Antani, Filmcritic.com
"In El Norte's defense, it does not, unlike those contemporary films, filter its view of an ethnic subculture through the eyes of a white protagonist."
‑ Matt Noller, Slant Magazine
"The subject of illegal immigration is honorable and relevant, but the film also shows Nava's weaknesses as a filmmaker, specifically his penchant for overwrought narratives and melodramatic (borderline soap opera) style."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"On the surface El Norte is the essence of simplicity. But in 1983, the simple story was both news to many and history to many others finally seeing their story depicted on screen on their terms. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Charts the harsh odyssey of two Guatemalan Indians as they struggle to make a new life for themselves in America as illegal immigrants"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
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