• Director: Gregory Nava
  • Release Year: 1983
  • Production Country: United States, United Kingdom
  • Language: Spanish, Maya, English

El Norte (The North)


When their father is murdered and their mother is "disappeared" by soldiers, two Guatemalan teens decide to head North to the United States in order to make a better life for themselves. Alas, arriving in California after a harrowing and dangerous trip, the brother and sister find out that the rich are rich and the poor are poor even in el norte.


Indigenous people, Poverty, Indigenous poverty, Labor organizing, Mayans, Family relationships, Crime, Police brutality, Oppression, Capitalism, Diaspora, Refugees, Immigration, Children, Exploitation, República de Guatemala (1838 – present), Guatemalan Civil War (1960 – 1996)