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, filmmaker Roy Germano provides a perspective on undocumented immigration rarely witnessed by American eyes, challenging audiences to imagine more creative and effective policies.
Since its premiere at the Las Vegas Film Festival in April 2009, THE OTHER SIDE OF IMMIGRATION has screened at over 100 film festivals, universities, and community events in the U.S. and Europe. The film was recently named a Notable Film of 2011 by the American Library Association. The popular political blog CROOKS & LIARS called THE OTHER SIDE OF IMMIGRATION “a must-see for anyone serious about the subject.” The Bipartisan Policy Center, a think tank founded by Senators Bob Dole and Tom Daschle, named it “most original presentation of a current political issue” at its annual film festival, Politics on Film
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES include a full commentary by director Roy Germano; the option to play the film with English subtitles only or with both English and Spanish subtitles on at the same time (perfect for community screenings); 14 minutes of never before seen footage, deleted scenes, and extra interviews
“a must-see for anyone serious about the subject” -Crooks & Liars
“a beautifully shot film” that “shows the human side of immigration”- FireDogLake.com
“most original presentation of a current political issue” - Politics on Film / Bipartisan Policy Center