Hijos de la Guerra ("Children of the War") is a feature-length documentary film about the world's largest and most violent street gang: the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13. The MS-13 ... See full summary »
Hijos de la Guerra ("Children of the War") is a feature-length documentary film about the world's largest and most violent street gang: the Mara Salvatrucha, also known as MS-13. The MS-13 gang spans the Americas with an estimated membership of 100,000 people across the United States and Central America. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has declared the MS-13 the fastest growing and most violent street gang in the United States. The Mara Salvatrucha was formed in Los Angeles in the late 1980s by Salvadoran Civil War refugees as a means to protect themselves from rival ethnic gangs. The newly formed gang channeled the widespread trauma of a genocidal civil war on entire generations of orphaned and abandoned children into fanatical violence. This formed the basis for MS's explosive growth. MS-13 has since become a growing threat throughout 33 states in the U.S. and in every country in Central America. The institution of systematic and increasingly stern U.S. deportation policies, ... Written by
Finally, it's on IMDb. Highly recommended for anyone who's got any interest, whatever small, in gang culture, turf wars, gang lords, tattoos, or Latin rap. I think it's fairly accurate in its portrayal of one of the world's most infamous gangs, Mara Salvatrucha Trece. I enjoyed the cinematography (after all, it has Alexandre Fuchs written all over), the interviews, the whole approach, etc. What I did not like was its somewhat over hyped tone in respect to MS-13. It's as if these media portrayals, although they're not glorifying a gangster's life style, are still selling out 'MS -13' as THE most dangerous gang. I mean, come on, it's too hip for its own good. (But, come to think of it, so were the Bloods or the Crips).
After you see this, go check out on 'Ross Kemp on Gangs', an equally interesting piece of work, as well.
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