El Norte

Series: Ollin: Social Justice Series

Ollin: Social Justice Film Series presents director Gregory Nava’s magical realist drama, EL NORTE. Serena Cruz, Executive Director at Virginia Garcia Memorial Foundation, will be in attendance for a post-film discussion on the film’s social justice themes.

Released in 1983, EL NORTE follows two indigenous youth who are forced to travel to America due to the repercussions of Guatemala’s brutal civil war. The film’s protagonists, Rosa and Enrique Xuncax, experience material and spiritual losses while on a journey north towards the fabled U.S.A. 

Based on the filmmaker’s childhood memories of growing up in San Diego, the movie profiles the ethnic and political persecution of marginalized communities within larger frameworks of an increasingly diverse and integrated North America. EL NORTE explores migration from the viewpoint of refugees while presenting the complexity of lateral racism between multiple economically depressed groups all in search of a better future. 

Presented by Latino Network and Hollywood Theatre.

Passes Accepted: Guest Pass and Member Guest Pass

Assistive Listening
Gregory Nava
2h 19min
Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando