Border Identity

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I. Introduction
Throughout the time, the terms of borders and identities have always been connected to each other. Passing through the other side of a border usually means transforming of the personal identity and culture into something delicate. This situation is especially true when passing through the border of Mexican and United States. Living on the border or after passing through it, it is almost like each immigrant’s identity, although it should be limitless, is surrounded with borders. The existence of the borders that wraps around the identity comes from the other people’s prejudices and stereotypical thoughts. The subjects of identity and the borders are told Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza in
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So it can be said that the search for identity is the thing that served by the director as a destination. Anzaldua believes that the cultural tyranny was created artificially and arbitrarily. She emphasizes that the culture is made by the men in power and it expects women to show some acceptance and commitment (39). The male-dominant culture is displayed in the movie via the gang Mara Salvatrucha. This cruel gang’s leader Lil Mago first tries to rape Willy’s girlfriend Martha Marlene and kills her. When he tells Willy that he killed her he says “You’ll find another one” in a reckless manner (Fukunaga 2009). The gang’s general disrespectful and oppressive attitudes against women are also the reason for Willie to leave the…show more content…
The U.S-Mexican Border in Contemporary Cinema

As an independent movie, Sin Nombre accomplishes showing the difficult conditions of the immigrant’s journey and Mexican gangs without exaggerating. But, especially in recent years there have been a lot of movies that goes no further than stereotyping. In his book El Norte: The U.S.-Mexican Border in Contemporary Cinema, David R. Michael explains this stereotyping with these words:

Commercial cinema continues to reflect the contemporary U.S.-Mexican border as the “wild west,” where civilization confronts barbarism. Not only are border citizens victimized by cinematic images, but the border setting and ambience have been likewise stereotyped. The border continually has been depicted as the lawless, primitive and rugged last frontier of the United States and Mexico…. (83)

David R. Michael gives the movies The Border and Borderline as examples for this type of stereotyping by arguing that the undocumented workers are shown as objects not real characters and nowhere in the movies do we learn anything true about the Mexicans (60). These kinds of highest grossing movies that have some stereotyped elements make American people have racist thoughts and prejudices against Mexican people. The existence of the independent movies that can reflect the immigrants more accurately, just like Gloria

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