Characters: Willy (nicknamed Casper) & Smiley- these two are in the city of Tapachula and it’s the southern most cites in Mexico b4 you get the Guatemalan border (it is one of the 31 states in Mexico) - Sayra: her father & uncle (these folks are from Tegucigalpa, Honduras) & then we will see them once they cross the border - The folks from Honduras are trying to get to New Jersey to meet up with well- established family in the United States (which makes them economic migrants) - They take a train ride, once inside Mexico - While the train depicted in the film may be great Transportation, the story’s main storyline is in the form of a gang - Gang- 2 characters are in the gang called Mara Salvatrucha- commonly abbreviated as MS13 (one of the scariest gangs in the Americas) ; they are a transnational criminal gang in which was originated in the prisons & the bad neighborhoods of Las Angelas
back in the 60s and 1970s and 1980s; this gang has spread to all parts of the US, Canada, Mexico, & Central America: the majority of the gang is composed of Central Americans, specifically, El Salvadorians, & they are active in urban and even suburban areas all throughout North America - IN the US, the MS13 had a special heavy presence in Law Angelas, San Francisco, Washington DC, Fairfax County in Virginia, New York, Boston, Charlotte, NC, Houston, Texas; they distinguish themselves with tattoos all over their body and tattoos covering their face and body as well - Why do these guys like to stand out? Because they have no fear of retribution &
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- Fall '08
- Americas, Mexico City, Gang, Mara Salvatrucha, mexican border