"El Norte," a film about undocumented workers, to be screened September 18, 2015

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Still from film "El Norte" (1983)

ALBANY, NY (08/27/2015)(readMedia)-- EL NORTE (United States, 1983, 141 minutes, color, in Spanish, Maya, and English, directed by Gregory Nava) will be shown on Friday, September 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, on the University at Albany's downtown campus. Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute as part of its Classic Film Series, the screening is free and open to the public.

One of the first films of the U.S. independent film movement, EL NORTE is the epic story about the hardships of undocumented workers. A brother and sister escape political violence in Guatemala and make their way north in hope of finding a better life in the United States. Roger Ebert said "From the very first moments of EL NORTE, we know that we are in the hands of a great movie....It is a 'Grapes of Wrath' for our time."

For additional information contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst.