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Sin Nombre is a 2009 Mexican-American adventure thriller film directed by . The film follows the intersecting stories of two young people: a Honduran girl named Sayra, who is attempting to cross the US-Mexico border with her father, and a gang member named Willy, who is trying to escape his violent gang and start a new life. As their paths cross on a dangerous train journey through Mexico, they must confront their own fears and past mistakes.


Sin Nombre was praised by critics for its gritty realism and its powerful performances. The film was lauded for its sensitive portrayal of the experiences of immigrants and its unflinching look at the violence and poverty that many people face in Central America. Critics also praised the film's direction and cinematography, which captured the beauty and danger of the Mexican landscape. However, some reviewers felt that the film was too bleak and lacked a clear message.


Sin Nombre was a critical success and received numerous awards and nominations, including the Sundance Film Festival's Directing Award and the Grand Jury Prize for Best Dramatic Film. The film also won several international awards for its direction, cinematography, and acting.


Sin Nombre has gained a strong following since its release, with many viewers appreciating its raw and emotional story. The film has been praised for shedding light on the experiences of immigrants and for its powerful portrayal of hope and resilience in the face of adversity. While not a box office hit, Sin Nombre has become a cult classic and continues to be highly regarded by film critics and audiences alike.

Directed by
Written by
Produced by Amy Kaufman
Cinematography Adriano Goldman
Edited by Luis Carballar
Craig McKay
Music by Marcelo Zarvos
  • Primary Productions
  • Canana Films
  • Creando Films
Distributed by Focus Features (United States)
Universal Pictures (Mexico)
Release dates
  • January 18, 2009 (Sundance)
  • March 20, 2009 (United States)
  • May 15, 2009 (Mexico)
Running time
96 minutes
Countries Mexico
United States
Language Spanish
Box office $7 million


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