Community, Language and Culture in Movie El Norte

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The movie “El Norte “is the one of the most successful and influential movies to represent the immigrants state. Director Gregory Nava’s gives the story of Guatemalan siblings Rosa and Enrique’s journey in a melodramatic way. The movie is divided to three main parts, Guatemala, Mexico and United States. The story of Rosa and Enrique’s shows us community, the power of language and culture in different countries. The story begins in Guatemala; it shows the happy family life which Rosa and Enrique have. Their family friends are visiting and they are talking about the life in United States. Rosa’s godmother says she has been reading Good Housekeeping magazines for ten years but she could not dare to go to El Norte. They are dressing colorful traditional Guatemalan costumes and appreciate their traditional music which is playing on the street. Their father Arturo is working as a coffee picker when he leaves home to attend a meeting against the unfair working conditions, Enrique runs after him to stop his father. Enrique asks his father not to go to the meeting because his mom was afraid that he will get in to trouble. Arturo said” I am afraid too but we can’t go this way we have to fight for our land”. The message that director wants to give us is in the Arturo’s statement to his son, “Poor have a heart and soul we try to teach this to rich too“. Arturo was honest man who was after his rights. Their father was killed terribly, so their life totally had been changed. Enrique was traumatized because Arturo’s head was cut and hanged form the tree. Their mother was taken away by soldiers and they were looking for Enrique too. Enrique knew that he could not live there he has to immigrate. Enrique was the only family member Rosa had and she felt that she was in danger too. She decided to go with Enrique. Rosa’s godmother gave her all her savings, this scene is so important…...

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