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There are inevitably real people behind the strident slogans and ideological labels in today's immigration debate. Roy Germano's "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, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
The Other Side of Immigration is relentless in its focus on the voices of those who have made the difficult and dangerous journey, looking at what they hoped to gain, what they left behind, and how the domestic politics of Mexico shaped their decisions. I recommend the film with enthusiasm for a wide range of audiences, including community groups, higher education institutions, public schools, and policy makers.
- Scott Fletcher, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Counseling Lewis & Clark College
The Other Side of Immigration offers a fresh perspective on an age-old journey. We rarely hear the stories, the stories that open our eyes and our heart, of those who choose to migrate to the United States for a better life. This film is important for all educators who work with and teach children, youth, and adults who live the stories told by the people Roy Germano met during his journey...
- Karren Timmermans, Professor of Education, Pacific University
The humanity oozes from this film - from the sadness of the mother who has not seen her daughter in seven years to the anguish of would-be mayor trying to deal with the endemic corruption holding back much needed development. Despite the lack of formal education for most interviewees, they draw astonishingly insightful conclusions on their situations, criticising the lack of oversight institutions monitoring the effects of NAFTA-imposed free trade, and advocating a more balanced system based on the European model. 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, Professor of Law and Society, American 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; I haven't stopped thinking and talking about it for days. I highly recommend that you see this film and then consider what you might do to help change these policies for the better.
- Liza Finkel, Professor of Education, Portland State University