Film: "El Norte" Film Review by Jojoy

Film: "El Norte"
Looks at the issues of multiculturalism, as presented in Gregory Nava's 1983 film "El Norte".
# 104624 | 1,215 words | 1 source | APA | 2008 | PH

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This paper explains that, although the film's setting is not the same as today, Gregory Nava's film, "El Norte", is still an important work because it provides a periodical anthology of the migrant question as well as a background for today's multicultural issues. The author points out that a study of the film reveals not only the developments in the perceptions regarding immigration but also the growth of niche cultural groups from the perspective of both the original and adoptive societies. The paper relates how the movie depicts the Xuncax family, particularly Rosa and Enrique, in their quest to find their way and to establish a new life in the United States. The author underscores that, today, the migration of cultural differences remain a dominant issue in the U.S. society.

Table of Contents:
"El Norte" and Multiculturalism
Immigrants or Refugees
Challenges and Implications
Immigration Policies and "El Norte"

From the Paper:

"The siblings both offer perspectives on the institutions that migrants have to deal with. Rosa's perspective is that their journey north has only led them from death to greater poverty and questioning if they have a place anywhere in the world except in death. Enrique reflects the sentiment that he is considered simply a factor of production, a "strong arm", gaining no greater value than livestock or equipment. In either case, the siblings show that they see themselves apart from society, excluded by their circumstance and history."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Nava, Gregory (1983). El Norte. New York: Cinecom International and PBS

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