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I think the trailer gives away too much already, so I'll try to be careful what I say here. Willy is a member of Mara Salvatrucha and Sayra is making her way North when their paths intersect atop a train.Read more ›
Despite the specific setting of the tumultuous U.S.-Mexico border, Sin Nombre addresses powerful and universal themes of damnation and redemption. At least, that's how I saw it. In an interview, Fukunaga himself said he sees it as being about family - "the disintegration and recreation of the family unit in its unique and varying forms."
The plot centers around a chance and fateful encounter between gang member Willy and a 15-year-old Honduran girl, Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), who is riding north through Mexico atop a train. Though Sayra's journey, viewers get an appreciation for the intense dangers faced by Central Americans trekking toward the promised land.
Without giving away anything, I can tell you a bit of background on how the film came about. Fukunaga, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, was in film school in New York when he read a New York Times story on a group of Mexican and Central American immigrants who died of asphyxiation and heat exhaustion while trapped and abandoned inside a refrigerated trailer. His short 2004 documentary about that case, "Victoria Para Chino," won multiple film awards.
That project evolved into Sin Nombre, as Fukunaga explained in an IndieWire interview.Read more ›
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Pretty rough film, but probably accurate in the portrayal of the conflict of gangs and Central American immigrants searching for a better life.Published 7 days ago by Angelica Sidious
i love this movie, it really shows the struggle and pain of people trying reach there american dream.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing movie! So worth a watch, and shows such insight in to the struggles of immigration. Very based in the factual experience -- Which Way Home is a documentary that shows an... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Michelle
This movie made me cry super hard. I feel really bad for those people who are simply trying to seek a better life. These people are survivors and hard workers. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Baron Marsh