In his first feature film, Cary Fukunaga delivers a beautiful and powerful depiction of the lives of Central Americans crossing through Mexico to the United States border. Sin Nombre (Without Name) unfolds mostly on top of trains, and it’s enriched by years of painstaking research, including Fukunaga’s own rides atop Mexican boxcars. This electrifying film will break viewers’ hearts and raise their social consciousness.
Willy (Edgar M. Flores), aka El Casper, is a teenage member of a Mara Salvatrucha gang in the southern Mexi can border down of Tapachula. He’s been charged with mentoring Benito (Kristian Ferrer), aka El Smiley, through his initiation—which includes a violent beating supervised by Lil Mago (Tenoch Huerta Mejía). Smiley goes on to accompany Casper on patrols of the neighborhood around the train yard.