FROM THE OTHER SIDE

Directed by: Chantal Akerman

Jul
9
Chicago Filmmakers
5243 N. Clark St.
60640 Chicago , IL

With her unmistakable style, Chantal Akerman, "arguably the most important European director of her generation" (J. Hoberman, The Village Voice), explores the border between the United States and Mexico. Immigrants have passed through San Diego for years, but cutting-edge technologies have helped stem the flow of illegal immigration there. This leaves only the mountains and deserts of Arizona for those desperate enough to try their luck. It is here that Akerman shifts her focus, between Agua Prieta, Sonora, and Douglas, Arizona, and the desert in between. Mixing evocative landscapes with interviews from the families of immigrants, American sheriffs, fearful locals, and advocates, FROM THE OTHER SIDE is "spare, painterly and scrupulously unsentimental. Both eerily beautiful and filled with a quiet compassion." —Dave Kehr, The New York Times. (Chantal Akerman, 2012, 99 min., France/Belgium/Australia/Finland)

Country of Origin: 
Belgium
Duration: 
99min