“The Other Side of Immigration does more than any other work to give people otherwise disparaged as ‘threatening’ and ‘illegal’ a human face” – Douglas S. Massey, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, Princeton University
“Most original presentation of a current political issue”
– Bipartisan Policy Center Politics on Film Festival
“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, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Lewis & Clark College
The Other Side of Immigration asks why so many Mexicans have migrated the United States and what’s happened to the families and communities they’ve left behind. Based on a National Science Foundation-funded survey of 700 Mexican households, this award-winning documentary film challenges audiences to think about the many political, economic, and social causes and effects of mass migration from the Mexican countryside. Topics discussed in the film include: the impact of market policies (including NAFTA) on the incomes of small Mexican farmers, social pressures that have perpetuated mass migration, the relationship between migration and politics in rural Mexico, the effects of migrants’ remittances on local economies, and the impact of migration on family life. The Other Side of Immigration has been called a “must-see for anyone serious about the subject” and a “beautifully shot film” that “shows the human side of immigration.” The Other Side of Immigration is an American Library Association Notable Video and has screened at countless universities, film festivals, conferences, nonprofit organizations, and public institutions.
About the filmmaker. Roy Germano holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin and has conducted extensive research in the Mexican countryside with support from the National Science Foundation. The Other Side of Immigration emerged from his research.
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