Roy Germano a PhD in political science visits small Mexican towns to conduct interviews with people asking why so many people are willing to risk their lives to leave their country to come work in the US. Germano talks with workers, farmers, spouses, families and municipal employees to discover the reasons people leave and what happens to their families when they go. This compelling documentary is 55 minutes long and fits neatly in a class period. It is an excellent companion to one of the many movies we show to discuss undocumented immigrants and their journeys to the US. Most of this film is in Spanish with English subtitles and works well with a high school Spanish class of any level, or a Social studies class where you have spent time discussing the immigration issue. This film is very well made, not rated, and has won many awards at various film festivals, it is available on Netflix or can be purchased on Amazon. Movie guide contains 22 questions in chronological order that follow the film. I prefer to divide students into small groups and assign each group a section to answer, then share out after viewing. There are 3 opinion questions at the end useful for large group discussion or that could be assigned as homework. Movie guide questions included in both Spanish and English.
Movie Guide: The Other Side of Immigration
by Barbara Davis
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