The Other Side of Immigration


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, Princeton University

About the film.The Other Side of Immigration asks why so many Mexicans have left home to work in 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, the film challenges audiences to think about the many political, economic, and social causes and effects of mass migration in Mexico. 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.” It has screened at over 100 universities, film festivals, conferences, 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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Director Roy Germano speaks to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes
Roy Germano on Al Punto con Jorge Ramos