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El Norte (1983) - Plot Summary Poster

(1983)

Plot Summary

  • 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 <ecannon@mail.utexas.edu>
  • Peasants escaping mindless labor and a murderous Guatemalan government head to America in hopes for something better.

    - Written by Matthew Trahan

Synopsis

Part 1: Arturo Xuncax The first part takes place in a small rural Guatemalan village called San Pedro and introduces the Xuncax family...

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