THE OTHER SIDE OF IMMIGRATION is an award-winning documentary that asks why so many Mexicans migrate to the US and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind.
Based on over 700 interviews in rural Mexico, the film provides a unique window into the root causes of Mexican immigration and the complex effects this phenomenon has had on the Mexican countryside. Topics explored in the film include: the social pressures and networks that perpetuate Mexican emigration, NAFTA and the decline of Mexican agriculture, corruption and Mexican politics, the impact of money immigrants send to their communities in Mexico, the division of families between Mexico and the US, and the role of guestworker programs and economic development in reducing unauthorized migration. The Other Side of Immigration was among 15 films added to the American Library Association's List of Notable Videos in 2011. It has screened at dozens of universities, film festivals, high schools, public libraries, health clinics, conferences, and public institutions, including Harvard, Princeton, MIT, NYU, the American Museum of Natural History, and many more. It is used in classrooms and diversity training sessions throughout the United States.