El Norte refers to a US as well as British movie featuringtwo native Indians that escape Guatemala, during the early 1980s.The escape was because of the political and ethnic maltreatmentfollowing the Guatemalan Civil War. In the beginning section of thefilm, it is set in Guatemalan village where the Xuncax’s areintroduced. After their village has been attacked, the maincharacters, Enrique and Rosa, use money previously given by thegrandmother to run away from their village, as it is under attack. Inthe subsequent part of the movie, the teenagers travel north throughMexico where they encounter Mexican coyote that directs them all overthe border. The second section of the movie comprises of many comicscenes, which resonate to shared stereotyping amid diverse ethnicorganizations. For instance, is the instances when both charactersendeavor to depict themselves as aboriginal Mexicans. The concludingsection shows the life of Enrique and Rosa as they survive in Americawith no official documents. They are able to get employment, as wellas a place to stay feeling good about their move to the US. However,life is not as easy as expected as they have to hide from officialsto avoid being discovered, they do not know the English languagerequired in communicating at work, and Rosa’s illness.
Immigration is one of the concepts apparent in the movie. The moviehighlights the movement of persons from other countries to America,supposing that life will be better in the US (Hart 104). However, asthe main characters in the film demonstrate, there are numerouschallenges that individuals living in other nations face. Forinstance, they have to try as much as probable to blend with asociety that does not accept them. The Guatemalan Indians demonstratethe courage, determination, as well as perseverance required bypersons moving to a country where they know no one. Although Enriqueand Rosa flee from physical violence in their countries, they stillhave to deal with settlement and acceptance problems to places theymove to in search of peace.
Culture shock is another concept, which is closely linked toimmigration. Moving from one country to another implies thatindividuals will have to learn new cultures. In most instances, thecultures in the new regions of settlement are the complete oppositeof experiences from the mother country. The characters struggle tosucceed in America despite all the challenges they encounter. Inorder to find and secure work they have to study English and becompetent to communicate fluently. In addition, is the challenge insettling in regions where they have to alter their behaviors andadopt new ones.
The third issue is poverty. Poverty forces the characters to engagein menial jobs. They do not select whatever job if offered to themand are optimistic that their hard work will make life better in thenew country. Poverty is apparent all through the film, even in theirhome country where they have to labor in coffee plantations, underoppressive work conditions.
The movie is an effective illustration of concepts that have beenlearned in class. It is compelling as the director focuses on thestruggle of young individuals that move from India to America,supposing that life in the new country will be better. The strugglesof the characters are real, which compels viewers to associate withthe issues individuals face after immigration, changing culture andnegativity of poverty (Hart 13).
Hart, Stephen. ACompanion to Latin American Film.Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2004. Print.