Magazine article New Internationalist

Sin Nombre

Magazine article New Internationalist

Sin Nombre

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Sin Nombre

written and directect by Gary Fukunaga

Sin Nombre is a roaaTrrovTlTum Western. W^cWh eT7TT5"a"rafl the 'West' - where innumerable migrants are headed on railroad wagons - is more accurately the 'North', the US. It's a hazardous trek with physical and human perils; people fall by the wayside. The film's general point is clear: these people are as steadfast and worthy as the real or mythical pioneers who colonized the west.

The plot is simple. Sayra, with her father and cousin and hundreds of others, hunkers down on the roofs of freight cars heading north from Honduras. Somewhere in Mexico a gang of youths work along the train robbing everyone. Sayra, defying her family, gets entangled with an ex-gang member.

In some ways we have classic Hollywood - a romance of sorts involving a beautiful young woman and a bad guy who comes good. …

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