El Norte 35th Anniversary

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“The quintessential film about immigration ... thirty-five years after its debut, EL NORTE is the film of our time.” (Claudia Puig, USA TODAY/ NPR) Celebrate the 35th anniversary of this Oscar®-nominated* classic from director Gregory Nava (Selena) with an exquisite restoration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. After their family is killed in a government massacre, brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee Guatemala and embark on a perilous journey to "El Norte": the United States. This timeless, visually epic story of Enrique and Rosa’s courageous struggle to make a better life in the U.S. as undocumented immigrants resonates today with remarkable force and remains an unforgettable portrait of the power of the human spirit. *1984, Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen), Gregory Nava and Anna Thomas. Oscar® is the registered trademark and service mark of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


  • Ernesto Gómez Cruz
  • David Villalpando
  • Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez
  • Alicia del Lago
  • Mike Gomez
  • Jose Martin Ruano
  • Stella Quan
  • Heraclio Zepeda
  • Emilio Gomez Ozuna
  • Daniel Lemus Valenzuela

Did You Know?


  • This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1995.
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  • The plane that taxis up to the airport building is a DC-10, but the plane seen lifting off towards Chicago is a 747.
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    • Jorge: Rosa... it doesn't matter!
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Extraordinary and touching movie. Thank you !

Martin S



This is the first film to approach the subject of undocumented workers solely through their eyes. This is not one of those docudramas where we half-expect a test at the end, but a film like The Grapes of Wrath that gets inside the hearts of its characters and lives with them.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

An effective and moving drama about the strength of the human spirit and the will to survive.

Metacritic review by Frank Lovece
Frank Lovece
TV Guide Magazine