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The Other Side of the Wall

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Pau Ortiz 2017

As their mother is imprisoned under dubious charges, Ale (18) and Rocío (13) are faced with the greatest challenge possible. They promise each other to keep the family together – especially for their smaller siblings. However, as undocumented Honduran immigrants their right to live, work and study in Mexico is under threatened. Soon the prison wall that keeps their mother away gives rise to other emotional barriers preventing brother and sister understanding each other. Just as they start to lose hope the family’s life takes an unexpected twist…

Running Time: 52/68 min.
Subject(s): Activism, Anthropology, Author's POV, Cinema, Current Affairs, Economy, Ethnography, Family, Human Rights, Immigration and Migration, Law and Justice, Latin American Studies, Politics, Poverty, Society
Language(s): Spanish
Subtitles: English
Director(s):
Producer(s): María Nova López

Press

  • IndieWire
    [This] non-fiction tearjerker is filled with intimate moments of frustration and anger.
  • Tom Power, CBC Radio
    A really stunningly intimate and cinematic look at life as an immigrant in Mexico.
  • Sofia Ochoa Rodríguez, EnFilme
    A meticulous and polished work.
  • José Manuel Cruz, Moon Magazine
    A great documentary that tackles the immigration issue from a unique point of view.

Festival Participation

  • Hot Docs - 2017
    Best International Feature Documentary
  • Málaga Film Festival - 2017
    Special Mention of the Jury
  • DocsBarcelona - 2017
    Best Ibero-American Feature Documentary
  • Zurich Film Festival - 2017
    Special Mention, International Documentary Competition
  • Chicago International Film Festival - 2017
    Best International Documentary
  • DOCSMX - 2017
    Best "Made in México" Feature Documentary

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