Film Analysis - Joseph Wallace The movie Sin Nombre focuses...

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Joseph Wallace The movie “Sin Nombre” focuses on many of the same themes that we have explored in many of our readings and class lectures. Set in Mexico, the main character Casper struggles to find is true identity as he is torn between his personal beliefs and those of his gang members. As a young man with no family, Casper relies on the “brothers” in his gang to help him through life. The conditions in Mexico make it hard for a boy or young man to create opportunities for himself and to make something for himself. Many of the males there are trapped in a system that sets them up for failure. There are no opportunities for them to work and create a living, thus they are forced to join gangs, who become the only family they can rely on. The young boy in the film, Smiley, is a perfect example of the control that the violent gangs posses in places of poverty and inequality. Going against his grandmothers will, and with no other parental guidance, Smiley gives in and joins the gang giving him a sense of empowerment that he
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This note was uploaded on 09/09/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 185 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at UCSB.

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