Reviews of THE OTHER SIDE OF IMMIGRATION
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
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Reviews of director Roy Germano's talks and Q&As:
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... The film was engaging and informative, and I believe that the Q&A [with director Roy Germano] could have gone on all evening. I am sure that this event will be among the highlights of our program this year.
- Christy Metzger, Director of the First Year Initiatives Program University of Louisville
Roy Germano's visit to our campus was an excellent experience. Among the students who attended, many expressed that seeing his film and hearing him speak opened their eyes to aspects of immigration and migration that previously they knew nothing about. One student commented that it made him do a complete 180 in regard to his outlook. In short, Dr. Germano's presentation was a valuable learning experience that helped to promote a deeper understanding of many issues connected to immigration and, even more importantly, of the people involved.
- Dana Monsein, Professor of Spanish, Endicott College
It was truly a pleasure to work with Roy Germano for two screenings of The Other Side of Immigration at Arizona State University. At both screenings in Tempe and the West-Campus, about 250 people attended. Roy is a charismatic and dynamic speaker. The audience remained engaged throughout the question and answer session. He presented the issues in such a way as not to alienate the audience or anyone with a particularly strong opinion on either side of the immigration debate. The outcome was very productive. During the Q&A, an individual strongly against immigration reform applauded Roy for accurately summarizing the forces pushing people to emigrate. At the end of a long question and answer period, people lined up to talk further with Roy. Everyone agreed that he is an exceptional public speaker.
- Julia Sarreal, Professor of History, Arizona State University
The evaluations for Mr. Germano's presentation were the best that we have had in the 8 years of providing this workshop.
- Tricia Vowels, Texas Department State Health Services, Migrant Experience Conference
In our post event survey, attendees described Roy as captivating, well informed, and thoughtful. Roy’s presentation fulfilled our goal of learning about and discussing controversial topics in a civil manner.
- Zaki Abdelhamid, Humanities Washington
The evaluations received after the conference on Mr. Germano’s session clearly demonstrated how well received he was. For those of us who have had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mr. Germano and hearing him speak on such an important issue, we cannot speak highly enough about his ability to deliver a clear, concise, very knowledgeable message.
- Mary Zelazny, CEO Finger Lakes Community Health, NYS Farmworker Health Conference
Dr. Roy Germano is a charismatic and engaging presenter. Many of our participants cited Dr. Germano’s presentation and film as the highlight of the conference.
- Magdalena Fernandez, East Coast Migrant Stream Forum
From high schoolers to university students to retired folks, Dr. Germano appealed to the wide variety of his audiences in an smooth engaging way... Dr. Germano is an exceptionally charismatic speaker.
- Veronica Guevara, Student, University of Iowa
We were blessed to host Roy Germano for a screening and discussion of The Other Side of Immigration here at Bethel University. Roy's engaging style and his personality made for a delightful event. Roy moved seamlessly from statistics and policy issues to the compelling personal stories which make up much of the film. It was an ideal event for both beginners and experts. We hope to have him back again at some point.
- Matthew Runion, Associate Campus Pastor, Bethel University
Showcasing Roy Germano’s film was a huge success! The audience, mainly students, really enjoyed the film and discussing immigration with Germano during a very engaging Q&A session. It was a great pleasure to have Germano screen his film and him visit a couple of classes—everyone enjoyed meeting such a great, engaging, and knowledgeable speaker on the topic—we hope to invite him again soon!
- Griselda Gómez, Massachusetts Institute of Technology