Oct 19, 2009, 11:41 AM
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If the reader is among those seriously intending to make Mexico their permanent home as are we, we have just seen a semi-documentary with fictional imbellishments that we believe is an essential learning tool if one wishes to begin to understand their intended adopted homeland:
SIN NOMBRE (EL MAYOR PECADO DE TODOS ES NO ARRIESGAR NADA)
The is a Canadian produced film that features the terribly violent adventures of desperately poor Hondurans arriving in Tapachula, Chiapas with the intent of riding the freight trains north to the United States or, at times, parts of Mexico to excape dire poverty for themselves and their families in Central America. This movie is a smash box office hit in Europe and we found out about it from my wife´s sister in Paris. We just bought a copy of this movie and watched it last night only to be shocked at what these desperate people must go though to simply try to survive and save their families back home from starvation.
Now, remember, we live in the Chiapas Highlands and we have known about these train riders and the criminal gangs and corrupt officials that exploit them for some time but the graphic and true to reality scenes of extreme violence and utter human misery depicted in this semi-documentary shocked even us. If one imagines the profound ignorance of most Mexicans and other Americans all over the continent about what is occurring along the border of Mexico and Central America then one can understand, at least to some degree, why nothing is done to stop or at least try to mitigate this terrible crime against our fellow human beings.
OK. Enough melodrama. See this movie for your own personal benefit and so you can see once and for all the violence and human misery hidden in those jungles and riding those rails. Not that you can do anything about it except be aware of what is happeningunder your very nose.
By the way, this movie came out in 2009 but the freight trains and their human gargo now start in Northwestern Chiapas (Arriega) rather than Tapachula but that just provides even more opportunities for gangs and officials to exploit these poor folks along their way north.
(This post was edited by Vichil on Oct 19, 2009, 11:42 AM)