Ostensibly a western (although set in 1931), or just a "disparate group facing danger, who will survive?" movie, "Sonora" is both a look at some forgotten Mexican history, and a commentary on asylum and migration.<br/><br/>The usual scenario... people thrown together by chance facing danger... does rely on some of the darker parts of Mexican history (the Fascist anti-Chinese purges in Sonora, the mass deportation of Mexicans by the United States in the early 1930s), it also brings to mind the disparate and desperate reasons for making dangerous trips through the desert (today to the United States, then, merely across state lines into Baja California). The Wongs flee racial prejudice, Do?a Rosario and Pilar seek family reunification, the Commario flees the law, etc. Smugglers (booze in 1931, drugs today), racists, the elements... all complications, sometimes deadly, faced by those having to leave their homes today. What makes it particularly worth watching is that the only member of the expedition, the guide, Emeterio (Juan Cossio), is also a displaced person... when introduced, he is a deracinated "Indian", but emerges as a leader when he returns to his own cultural traditions.