A Spanish-language American film produced independently in association with the PBS TV series "American Playhouse," EL NORTE is an effective and moving drama about the strength of the human spirit and the will to survive. Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa Xuncax (David Villalpando and
Zaide Silvia Gutierrez) are Guatemalan Indians forced to flee their village when their politically active father is murdered. They decide to make a new life in el Norte
("the North," i.e. the US) but, as difficult and demeaning as the illegal trek across the border is, it is not nearly so rough as
the struggle to make a living in Los Angeles. EL NORTE's style alternates betwe...