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The Other Side of Immigration (2009)

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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.... See full summary »

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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 solutions to the problem. "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, Princeton University Written by Anonymous

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An overview of the issue of Mexican migration to the USA
19 July 2011 | by (New York, United States) – See all my reviews

This doc takes an honest, unpretentious look at the divisive issue of immigration from Mexico. While many docs on this issue play politics (The Fence) or highlight dramatic cases (Which Way Home), this doc explains the everyday realities that have led to millions of Mexicans to leave behind their homes and families to come to the USA. It lets Mexicans speak for themselves and they lay out the case for why they often feel they have no choice to come to the USA- whether they wanted to or not. It is a must watch for anyone interested in why Mexicans come to this country. The film was produced on a low budget and with little resources and the end product does suffer for it. However the information presented is very rich and the content makes it a compelling piece to view.


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