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UNH Manchester Screens Film on Immigration Oct. 29

October 7, 2009

UNH Manchester is hosting a screening of a documentary film, “The Other Side of Immigration” Thursday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m. in the third floor auditorium at 400 Commercial Street. Writer/director Roy Germano, will moderate a question and answer session following the film. The screening is free, open to the public and is sponsored by the UNH Manchester education department, the Office of the Provost/Diversity Initiatives, and the community leadership program.

Film synopsis: Based on more than 700 interviews in Mexican towns where 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. illegally and what happens to the families and communities they leave behind.  Through an approach that is both subtle and thought provoking, Germano provides a perspective on undocumented immigration rarely witnessed by American eyes, challenging audiences to imagine more creative and effective solutions to our illegal immigration problem.

A central message of “The Other Side of Immigration” is the notion that migration is the byproduct of larger social, political, and economic forces and a phenomenon that affects those who stay behind in Mexico positively and negatively. 

Rather than focus on just one aspect of the migration phenomenon or a few personal stories, “The Other Side of Immigration” is organized around major themes in migration and development research, blending structural perspectives and personal accounts to leave audiences with a unique and wide-ranging outlook on the issue.

“The Other Side of Immigration” is therefore just as much a film about social norms, global markets, agricultural policy, well-intentioned political goals, vote buying and corruption, brotherhood, children, families, income multipliers, difficult tradeoffs, and outside-the-box thinking as it is a film about immigration. (www.theothersideofimmigration.com)

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