El Norte

El Norte

Added to the National Film Registry in 1995. Special guest: Introduction by writer, director Gregory Nava.

Added to the National Film Registry in 1995.

After their family is murdered by the government during a massacre in civil war Guatemala, Indigenous siblings Rosa and Enrique flee up “Norte” to the United States for a chance at survival. When they arrive, they find life in the US is not what they’d hoped for. The first narrative film of its time to depict the plight and harrowing journey Central Americans face when migrating to the United States, it is also the first independent film to be nominated for an Academy Award for screenwriting, for Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas.

DIRECTED BY: Gregory Nava. WRITTEN BY: Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas. WITH: Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Alicia del Lago. 1983. 141 min. USA. Technicolor. Kʼicheʼ, Spanish, English. Rated R. DCP. Restored in 2017 by the Academy Film Archive, supported in part by the Getty Foundation. DCP.

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