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Acclaimed filmmaker to offer the other side of immigration

By Peggy Binette,, 803-777-5400

Roy Germano has visited more than 50 college campuses, screening his award-winning film, “The Other Side of Immigration,” and sparking conversation about the causes and the impact of Mexican immigration.

Germano will bring his presentation to the University of South Carolina Wednesday, April 4. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6 p.m. in the Darla Moore School of Business, Room 005. At the end of the 55-minute film, Germano will answer questions from the audience.

Germano says the film comes at a time of unprecedented anti-immigrant sentiment in many states, including South Carolina.

“It’s my hope, my intent to spark a more objective and creative conversation about immigration reform,” Germano said.

Through more than 700 interviews with rural Mexican families left behind by migrant workers headed to the United States, the film explores the root causes of Mexican immigration and proposes more creative and effective immigration policies.

Kimberly Simmons, director of USC’s Latin American Studies Program, said she hopes Germano’s film and visit will challenge students and others to consider the many sides to immigration.

"We are at a critical moment in our history in the United States, and in South Carolina more particularly, with respect to immigration and immigration policies. Our response to immigration will not only impact our generation, but also future generations,” said Simmons, an anthropology and African American studies professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“This film gives us an opportunity to consider immigration in a new light - as a peopled migration - a network of families, friends, neighbors, teachers and communities that span the United States and Mexico (in this case). What are their stories and experiences? What can we learn by casting immigration as a peopled migration? What does this mean for Latino(a) communities in Columbia and in South Carolina in general? We have a unique opportunity to explore these questions surrounding immigration in South Carolina and in the country," Simmons said.

“The Other Side of the Immigration” was named a Notable Film of 2011 by the American Library Association. It has been called “a must-see for anyone serious about the subject” and a “beautifully shot film” that “shows the human side of immigration.” The film was named “most original presentation of a current political issue” at Politics on Film, an annual event sponsored by The Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington D.C.

Details about the film and Germano’s work are available at the websites: and

The film is part of the Latin American Studies Program Film Series. For more information about Germano’s USC presentation, contact Simmons at or 803-777-7397.


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Posted: 03/25/12 @ 2:25 PM | Updated: 04/04/12 @ 1:32 PM | Permalink

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