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 <email@example.com>
The magical film that reveals the world between the dream and the reality
Did You Know?
The immigration office scene was shot in an actual immigration office in California. David Villalpando
and Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez
were legitimately anxious while filming this scene, because they did not have official working papers that would have permitted them to work legally in the United States and were only carrying travel visas. Fortunately, none of the actual immigration officers second-guessed. See more
The plane that taxis up to the airport building is a DC-10, but the plane seen lifting off towards Chicago is a 747. See more
You have to learn to talk like a Mexican. Tell me it's a hot day.
It's a hot day.
No! You won't make it two miles past the border. "It's a fucking hot day." Mexicans are always saying fuck. Fuck this, fuck that. Now try it again.
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