Sin Nombre.docx - Sin Nombre Intro 2009 Mexican-American crime drama social commentary Warning o Violent film Brief but realistic Never get scared

Sin Nombre.docx - Sin Nombre Intro 2009 Mexican-American...

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Sin Nombre Intro: 2009 Mexican-American crime drama/ social commentary Warning: o Violent film Brief but realistic Never get scared Disturbingly real Beloved even though its in Spanish o Realistic and gritty o 96 minutes long 2009 – old but still relevant and well produced o Topical o Displaying events Immigration Gang violence Drug trade Film location o All filmed in Mexico but possibly not on location o Urban scenes Filmed on location in/ around Mexico City Capital city and federal district o Like Washington DC MC has 20-25 mil o Rural scenes Filmed in Torreon in Coahuila De Zaragoza (3 rd largest of Mexico’s states) Shares 318 mile stretch of American border o Rio Grande Likely near Laredo Texas Supposed to be all of Mexico From Guatemala to USA border Gritty but authentic Action starts in the film and heads north the rest of the way Willey and Smiley o Start in Honduras in Tegucigalpa Trying to get to New Jersey Take a train ride on a well-established route/train to get North o Mexico Tapachula in Chipas – southernmost state in Mexico Gang in MS13 – driving the movie o Scary gang in the Americas
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Transnational criminal game started in prisons of LA in the 1980’s Spread to USA, Canada, and central Americans Mostly Salvadorians USA o LA, Fairfax, VA, New York, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, DC, Charlotte, o Distinguished by tattoos esp. the face Atypical criminal behavior Not trying to blend in They have no fear of retribution o they do not care about police or anyone else. Own language Ultra-violence Like terrorism Own sign language Sub cultural moral code Cruel retribution Merciless revenge killings Acts of terror against regular people o Keep people in line o No one will tell on them Very realistic – they kill people in public with tattoos on their face o Immigration issues o Gang culture o Drug Trade – fueled – Drug Money Cultural cues What compels the people to move to get to the USA Sense of security or insecurity Sense of family o Gang Background, landscapes, not all desert south lush rainforest moving to more desert as they come north The Film: Fall in the woods – man smoking in run down hut looking at mural of fall. MS13 Member – big tattoo on back Neck Tattoo – Forgive Me Mother Counting money in van Meets up with gang and takes a bike to small bodega who pays him. Tapachula – Chiapas – Sur de Mexico – south Mexico o Old woman tells guy from the beginning man that Benito is not going with him and calls him trash. o Guy takes camera from bag and tells Benito that a scary guy wants to see him (Lil’ Mago)
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Lil’ Mago circles kid pushes him pushes kid into circle they beat him up while Lil’ Mago counts to 12 (he repeats 12 a few times) Lil’ Mago kisses him says he is all smiles He is in the gang now Mara Salvatrucha rules
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  • Fall '08
  • Gang, Mara Salvatrucha,  Tegucigalpa

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