Tuesday lecture series! Film Series : No Borders: Contemporary Latin American Cinema

El Norte

1983, Gregory Nava, USA, 141 min.With David Villalpando, Zaide Silvia Gutiérrez

Show Times

  • Sat, Sep 3rd 5:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 6th 6:00pm

"EL NORTE is a great film, for two different kinds of reasons. One is its stunning visual and musical power...The second reason is that this is the first film to approach the subject of 'undocumented workers' solely through their eyes." — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

No Borders begins with a “Latin American film” made in the United States. EL NORTE's unflinching representation of a brother and sister’s migration from the Guatemalan countryside to Los Angeles remains tragically relevant in our present moment. While eschewing funding from Hollywood studios, Chicano director Gregory Nava’s second feature adapted conventions such as continuity and genre that invoke the long, fraught dialogue between Hollywood and Latin American cinema. In this sense, EL NORTE deviates from the militant or quasi-documentary approaches to Latinx experience represented by films such as I AM JOAQUÍN (1969) and ¡ALAMBRISTA! (1977) and follows up on the more accessible path set forward by ZOOT SUIT (1981) and others. In Spanish, Quiché, and English with English subtitles. 35mm. (Daniel R. Quiles)

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6: Lecture by Daniel R. Quiles, Associate Professor of Art History, Theory & Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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