The Other Side of Immigration (2009) is a documentary based in the state of Michoacán, Mexico which explores why so many men and women leave small towns to work in the United States, and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind. Through interviews with families and former migrants, the film explores the “Other Side” of the story by eliminating narration and ideological arguments.
The film is divided into six sections dealing with the causes and effects of immigration:
- Social pressures in rural Mexico that perpetuate migration to the US
- Economic pressures, such as NAFTA, that stimulate migration
- Relationships between migration and Mexican politics
- The impact of remittances - money sent back to Mexico by workers in the US
- The impact on families as members leave for the US
- Interviewees’ ideas about new ways that Mexico and the US could cooperate to successfully manage migration issues
The Other Side of Immigration is an independent film shot, directed, edited, and funded by Roy Germano.