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TO THE OTHER SIDE (AL OTRO LADO)
dir. Gustavo Loza
Mexico, 2005, 81 minutes
English Subtitles

2008 Latin American Film Festival
Auditorium, 395 Wellington St., Saturday, April 5, 2008, 9:00 pm
To the Other Side is a novel examination of songs, drugs, and dreams along the U.S./Mexico border. Loza's hauntingly timely film tells the human story behind illegal immigration and drug trafficking between the U.S. and Mexico through the eyes of Magdiel, a 23 year-old fisherman and aspiring ‘corrido’ composer who dreams of a better life. Three countries, three cultures, and three different realities serve as the background for the stories of three children -- a Mexican boy, a Cuban boy and a Moroccan girl -- whose fathers have left for the wealthy destinations north of the Rio Grande and the Mediterranean. Through the day-to-day struggles of Magdiel and other hopeful immigrants, Side is an illuminating portrait of Mexican life. English sub-titles.