A doleful compassion for the young protagonists of Sin Nombre, is the language Cary Judi Fukunaga speaks to show an inconceivable world.
Cary Judi Fukunaga tells the story of a Honduran teenager Sayra (Paulina Gaitan) and Mexican gang member of Mara Salvatrucha gang MS-13 Casper (Edgar Flores.) The story follows the lives of these adolescents whose harrowing journeys find each other in a freight train. Sayra has found her father and decided to travel with him and her uncle to the United States.
Willy, known as Casper by his gang brothers, tries to hide his passionate relationship with Martha Marlene (Diana Garcia) from the fraternity and put her life in danger.
But when Mago (Tenoch Huerta Mejia) makes Willy and the 12 year old new recruit Smiley (Kristyan Ferrer) assault people who were traveling in the same train as Sayra and her family, a new volatile journey begins.
Writer-director Fukunaga researched the issue of immigration and traveled to Central America and Mexico without money or passport for four years, he said.
“Yes it was dangerous, because I crossed the Mexican border twice with a group of migrants, but the hardest part was to leave them behind, because I continued living a normal life, go back to my house to write in my living room, they continued the trip alone,” Fukunaga said.
The movie is about the story of a Honduran teenager who travels to the United States through Mexico in freight train, with his dad and uncle. There he finds love for a Mexican gang member of Mara Salvatrucha.
Mara Salvatrucha is currently an active transnational gang, with approximately 50,000 members worldwide according to FBI statistics. Fukunaga’s film follows the gang members living in Mexico. The story of some activitites of gangs and immigrants shows us a glimpse of unimaginable lives of many who try to seek asylum in the United States.
The plot idea of touching on two actual issues that condemn millions of individuals struggling for survival, is an ambitious one. It fails to emphasize how gangs and immigration originated in those places.
The dire poverty which arise the need to migrate and the gang violence is the main root of both phenomena. In addition, the story of immigration overshadows the unfamiliar and exotic gang maneuvers.
But one of the greatest tragedies is the story of immigration and the vulnerable migrants life who’s life depend on violent weather changes and human indifference.
We are reminded of the cruel journey of those in search of a better life, who have to go through poignant non-fictional scenes in their lives.
The film’s title is composed in elegiac mode, expresses the suffering of thousands of “nameless” people who attempt to cross to the North and never make it.