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Title El norte [videorecording] / American Playhouse ; Channel Four Films ; Independent Productions ; Island Alive ; produced by Anna Thomas ; original screenplay by Gregory Nava, Anna Thomas ; directed by Gregory Nava.
Publication Info. [Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2008.
Edition Director-approved special ed.

Location Call No. Status Notes
 Storage Media Collection  DVD NOR    CHECKED IN
Description 2 videodiscs (141 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 guide ([14] p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Series Criterion collection (DVD videodiscs) ; 458.
System Details DVD, anamorphic widescreen (1.78:1); Dolby Digital.
Note In Spanish, Kiché and English with optional English subtitles.
Cast Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez, David Villalpando, Ernesto Gómez Cruz, Alicia del Lago, Miguel Gomez Giron, Jose Martín Ruano, Stella Quan, Eraclio Zepeda.
Credits Cinematography, James Glennon ; editor, Betsy Blankett.
Note Originally produced as a motion picture in 1983.
Summary Mayan Indian peasants are tired of being thought of as nothing more than manual laborers. They organize an effort to improve their lot in life, but are discovered by the Guatemalan army. After the army destroys their village and family, Enrique and Rosa, a teenage brother and sister, who barely escaped the massacre, decide they must flee to United States. After receiving clandestine help from friends and humorous advice from a veteran immigrant on strategies for traveling, they make their way by truck, bus and other means to Los Angeles, where they try to make a new life as young, uneducated, and illegal immigrants.
Note Special features: New, restored High-Definition digital transfer; new audio commentary featuring Nava; "In the service of the shadows: the making of 'El norte:' a new video program featuring interviews with Nava, producer and co-writer Anna Thomas, actors Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez and David Villalpando, and set designer David Wasco; "The journal of Diego Rodriguez Silva:" Nava's 1972 award-winning student film; gallery of Chiapas location-scouting photographs; theatrical trailer.
Booklet features an essay by novelist Héctor Tobar and Roger Ebert's 1983 review of the film.
Subject Brothers and sisters -- Drama.
Teenagers -- Drama.
Illegal aliens -- California -- Los Angeles -- Drama.
Action and adventure films.
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Added Author Thomas, Anna H., 1948- Producer. Author of screenplay. Interviewee.
Nava, Gregory. Director. Author of screenplay. Commentator. Interviewee.
Gutiérrez, Zaide Silvia. Actor. Interviewee.
Villalpando, David. Actor. Interviewee.
Gómez Cruz, Ernesto. Actor.
Lago, Alicia del. Actor.
Tobar, Héctor, 1963- Promised land.
Ebert, Roger.
American Playhouse Theatrical Films.
Channel Four Films (Firm)
Independent Productions, Ltd.
Island Alive, Inc.
Criterion Collection (Firm)
ISBN 9781604651096
1604651091
UPC # 715515034722
Music # CC1788D Criterion Collection
OCLC # 270775494
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