The Other Side of Immigrationfields
Roy Germano
USA, Documentary, 2009
57 min, HDV, Color and Black & White
Spanish and English with English subtitles

The Other Side of Immigration examines the causes and effects of international migration from the perspective of rural Mexican communities where large numbers of people leave to work in the United States. The film explores how NAFTA, Mexican agricultural policies, and Mexican politics have stimulated emigration over the past two decades; the extent to which households in rural Mexico directly and indirectly depend on money that undocumented immigrants send home; and the effects of emigration on families and children left behind in rural Mexico. The Other Side of Immigration provides audiences a fresh perspective on undocumented Mexican immigration and creative proposals for managing the phenomenon more effectively.


All audiences

MACC, Friday April 24, 9 PM

Director Roy Germano in attendance



Roy Germano holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Texas at Austin. His research, which has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, explores relationships between labor emigration, economic policy, and politics in Mexico. Germano has conducted fieldwork throughout Mexico, most recently as the principal investigator of the Emigration and Politics Study, a survey of 800 rural households in the state of Michoacán. The Other Side of Immigration emerged from his fieldwork and is his first film.

Producer: Roy Germano
Cinematographer: Roy Germano
Editor: Roy Germano
Music: My Morning Jacket, Bright Eyes