ABOUT THE FILM
Based on over 700 interviews in Mexican towns where about half the population has left to work in the United States, The Other Side of Immigration asks why so many Mexicans come to the U.S. and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. Through an approach that is both subtle and thought-provoking, this documentary provides a perspective on undocumented immigration rarely witnessed by American eyes, challenging audiences to imagine more creative and effective solutions. Roy Germano made The Other Side of Immigration while conducting Ph.D. fieldwork in rural Mexico with funding from the National Science Foundation. Learn more.
PRAISE FOR THE FILM
“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
“The Other Side of Immigration is an intelligent, thought-provoking, beautiful, and caring look at the costs of policies in Mexico and the United States that lead to illegal immigration by so many. It is an understatement to say that the film has made me think...” - Liza Finkel, Portland State University
“I recommend The Other Side of Immigration with enthusiasm for a wide range of audiences, including community groups, higher education institutions, public schools, and policy makers.” - Scott Fletcher, Lewis & Clark College
“Germano is eloquent and passionate in the discussion of his work and is able to draw out the wider implications of this short, one-hour insight. It would be no surprise to me to see his work as a source of inspiration for policy makers on both sides of the border.” - Bill Davies, American University
“Thank you for this wonderful work. As an immigrant who came to this country looking for what the people in the video are looking for (survival), I can definitely identify. Thank you for taking this work to others so that in the future, we are seen as humans looking for an opportunity rather than as invaders who want to take jobs others." - Gloria R. Velásquez, Texas State University
“The Other Side of Immigration followed by Q&A was a fantastic addition to our focus on immigration as part of our Book-in-Common program." - Christy Metzger, University of Louisville
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One of the "11 Best Civil Rights Movies of All Time" - The Hill
One of "11 Documentaries About Immigrants Everyone Should Watch Right Now"
- The Huffington Post
Winner of the American Library Association Notable Video Award
The US Department of State uses The Other Side of Immigration for professional development training