Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2002
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Other Side

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Poor Mexicans attempt perilous border crossing to US, often at the expense of family, traditional culture, and their lives.

City Life - The Other Side

Over the last century, hundreds of thousands of Mexicans have crossed the border to the United States in pursuit of permanent jobs, and a better life. But in the new millennium, that journey has become increasingly dangerous, and the costs are starting to outweigh the benefits.

This program from the City Life series reveals the devastating impact of Mexican-US migration. The people who attempt to cross suffer horribly and frequently die. The families and communities left behind are disabled and their languages and cultures are being destroyed. The Other Side tells the story of the villagers who have had enough -- and now are trying to make sure their children will no longer have to migrate to realize their dreams.

'While many books and films treat the life that immigrants find on the other side of the boundary -- in the United States -- this program is special in observing the effects on both sides...Suitable for high school and college courses in cultural anthropology, anthropology of immigration/diaspora, anthropology of globalization, and Mexican/Latin American studies, as well as general audiences.' Jack David Eller, Community College of Denver, Anthropology Review Database


Main credits

Walker, Christopher (film director)
Khachooni, Lara (editor of moving image work)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Briers, Lucy (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Lara Khachooni; series editor, Jenny Richards; series producer, Luke Gawin; music, The Definitive Break.

Distributor credits

Television Trust for the Environment

Chris Walker

Television Trust for the Environment
Chris Walker
Series Editor: Jenny Richards
Series Producer: Luke Gawin

Docuseek2 subjects

American Studies
Immigration and Refugees
Human Rights
Labor Studies
Latino and Hispanic Studies
Family Issues
Cultural Anthropology

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Death And Dying
Developing World
Global Issues
Human Rights
Indigenous Peoples
International Studies
Latin American Studies
Latino and Chicano Studies
Migration and Refugees
Native Americans
Social Justice
Urban Studies
Women's Studies


Mexico, border, migration, indigenous people, native americans; "The Other Side"; Bullfrog Films

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