Why do so many Mexicans immigrate to the United States? What happens to the families and communities they leave behind?
Based on over 700 interviews in Mexican towns where up to half the population has migrated to the United States, The Other Side of Immigration explores the economic, social, and political factors prompting Mexicans to seek work in the United States and the impact mass emigration has had on Mexican families. Through its subtle approach, the film challenges audiences to trade divisive rhetoric for empathy and analysis. The Other Side of Immigration was made while conducting a National Science Foundation-funded study of the causes and effects of migration from rural Mexico.
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"The Other Side of Immigration does more than any other work to give people otherwise disparaged as 'threatening' and 'illegal' a human face and to reveal the devastating personal effects of U.S. immigration and economic policies on our closest neighbors." - Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University
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The U.S. Department of State uses The Other Side of Immigration for professional development training
The Other Side of Immigration has shown at dozens and dozens of universities, film festivals, high schools, public libraries, conferences, nonprofits, churches, and government institutions. It is used by the United States Department of State for professional development training and viewed in many middle school, high school, and college classrooms.