El Norte

Movies Houstonians Love

El Norte

Directed by Gregory Nava
(Mexico/USA/UK, 1983, digital, in Spanish and Maya with English subtitles)
Introduced by Augustina Reyes, professor emerita, University of Houston College of Education

After their family is killed in a government massacre, a brother and sister flee Guatemala on a perilous trek to the USA. Close calls with immigration and the dehumanizing effects of such a crossing compound the challenges of adapting to a new life. A timeless classic of Chicano cinema, El Norte was directed by Gregory Nava (Selena).

This “Movies Houstonians Love” presentation honors the late Michael Olivas, a law scholar and University of Houston professor emeritus who passed away in April 2022.

Visiting Guidelines Masks are recommended in Museum auditoriums. Advance tickets are also recommended. In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all precautions set forth by the MFAH—learn more here. Doors open 30 minutes before the screening starts. No late entry.

Accessibility The MFAH strives to provide a welcoming and accessible experience for all guests by offering a range of accommodations—learn more here.

The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L’Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

Community Partner: Arte Público Press

El Norte

Directed by Gregory Nava
(Mexico/USA/UK, 1983, 141 minutes)
Brown Auditorium Theater


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