Mayan Indian peasants, tired of being thought of as nothing more than "brazos fuertes" ("strong arms", i.e., manual laborers) and organizing in an effort to improve their lot in life, are discovered by the Guatemalan army. After the army destroys their village and family, a brother and sister, teenagers who just barely escaped the massacre, decide they must flee to "El Norte" ("the North", i.e., the USA). After receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant on strategies for traveling through Mexico, they make their way by truck, bus and other means to Los Angeles, where they try to make a new life as young, and undocumented immigrants. Written by
Ed Cannon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The magical film that reveals the world between the dream and the reality
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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1995. See more
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Written by Jose Avila
Performed by LOS FOLKLORISTAS See more