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From the Other Side -- Using technology developed for the military, the flow of illegal immigration into San Diego has been stemmed. But for the desperate, there are still the dangerous deserts of Arizona, where Chantal Akerman shifts her focus.


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4 June 2003 (France) See more »
A documentary look at the fate of Mexicans who cross the border into the United States. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Chantal Akerman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Chantal Akerman 

Produced by
Xavier Carniaux .... producer
Brigitte De Villepoix .... producer
Thierry Garrel .... producer
Elisabeth Marliangeas .... producer
Christiane Philippe .... producer
Fabrice Puchault .... producer
Luciano Rigolini .... producer
Marilyn Watelet .... producer
Cinematography by
Chantal Akerman 
Robert Fenz 
Raymond Fromont 
Film Editing by
Claire Atherton 
Production Management
Elisabeth Gérard .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Fenz .... assistant director
Ricardo 'Tato' Parilla .... assistant director
Claudia Rosas Bocardo .... assistant director
Sound Department
Eric Lesachet .... sound mixer
Pierre Mertens .... sound
Editorial Department
Fabio Balducci .... assistant editor

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Also Known As:
"De l'autre côté" - France (original title)
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103 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:99 min
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1.78 : 1 See more »
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Chosen by "Les Cahiers du cinéma" (France) as one of the 10 best pictures of 2002 (#04)See more »


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Occasionally very moving, and sometimes very beautiful, 4 February 2012
Author: runamokprods from US

The issue of Mexicans trying to cross illegally into the US in search of work and hope is examined with a mix of styles by Akerman, something like her approach in 'Sud'.

Long, wordless images, give us a poetic sense of time and place -- sometimes still, sometimes tracking endlessly (one shot is nearly six minutes).

Intercut with these are affecting interviews with people on both 'sides' (literally and figuratively) of the issue. From those in Mexico who have lost loved ones forever as they wandered in the desert, to the US sheriff who provides a strikingly cogent sum up of the situation, and a powerful blast at current INS policies that have led to many deaths without stopping the problem, even as he also explains the emotional threat these 'intruders' represent to the rural Americans who live near the border.

This doesn't have quite the power of 'Sud', perhaps because the issue is more complex and diffuse, but it's still a powerful call for human caring trumping political concerns, told in a unique,slow, meditative way. It will drive some people crazy with it's pace and refusal to act like a 'normal' documentary, instead of a tone poem. But, for me, Akerman's work rewards patience by leaving you with not just ideas or impotent anger of agreement or disagreement, but complex, haunted feelings that stay with you for days.

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