El Norte DVD - Criterion Collection - Finally remastered into a quality director-approved 2 disc set!! 1983 award-winning film directed by Gregory Nava about two young immigrants from Guatemala. 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, uneducated, and illegal immigrants. Stars Zaide Silva Gutiérrez and David Villalpando. Rated R, 141 minutes.
Disc 1 has new audio commentary by Gregory Nava, restored high-definition digital transfer and new and improved English subtitles.
Disc 2 has 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
PLUS a booklet featuring a new essay by novelist Héctor Tobar and Roger Ebert's 1983 review.