Saturday, May 2, 2009


In Spanish with English subtitles

Paulina Gaitan: Honduran teenager Sayra
Edgar Flores: Casper (a.k.a. Willy) a teenager living in Tapachula, Mexico
Diana Garcia: his girlfriend Martha Marlene
Kristyan Ferrer: 12-year-old Smiley, a new recruit in the Mara Salvatrucha gang
Tenoch Huerta Mejia: gang leader Lil' Mago

Although they don’t go into any detail, the one thing certain is the strong desire by some people to improve their lives and get away from the poverty and gang violence where they reside. For those living in Central America there is but one place to go: the United States of America.

What sets this movie apart is the pervasive element of danger: from gangs, from the authorities and yes, from fellow-travellers. But there is also love and friendship along the way.

With excellent editing, things move along at a good clip. Which is a good thing especially for some of the gang violence as it’s not pretty to watch. The acting for the most part is believable and some of the scenery quite stunning. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is a fun movie: far from it.

for violence, language and some sexual content

Sin Nombre translates as “without a name.”

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