The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University (CLACS), Cinema Tropical, and the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations / What Moves You?, present a screening of The Other Side of the Wall (Al otro lado del muro), as part of Fall edition of INDOCUMENTALES - an itinerant film and conversation series focused on experiences of US/Latin American migration.
The series is free and open to the public. All screenings are followed by panel discussions meant to bring together filmmakers, scholars, activists, policy makers, and community representatives concerned with the fortification of immigrant rights.
Screening to be followed by a conversation with Daniel Mendiola (CLACS). Moderated by Shamina de Gonzaga, Executive Director, WCPUN and Co-founder/facilitator, INDOCUMENTALES.
The Other Side of the Wall (Al otro lado del muro) Pau Ortiz Mexico/Spain 2017, 1hr 8 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles)
As their mother is imprisoned under dubious charges, and the father is non-existent, Ale (18) and Rocio (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 threat. 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.
About the Director:
Pau Ortiz is a documentary filmmaker and editor. His TV series YOURSELF was selected for the INPUT 2011 and his film 13 WAYS OF ENDING UP ALONE was awarded at the WorldFest Houston International Film Festival. After specializing in documentary filmaking at the Cinema and Media School of Catalonia (ESCAC) he was granted a scholarship at the Quebec Film School. His style has been shaped by his fascination in human relationships. That is why he also decided to study Psychology. As a Director he tries to capture the human angle. He is dedicated to film stories that empower their characters and promote social change. His film THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL (2017) had its international premiere at Hot Docs where it won the award for Best International Feature Documentary.
About the series:
INDOCUMENTALES began in May of 2010 as Indocumentales: the US/Mexico Interdependent Film Series with screenings and panel discussions at New York University’s King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center and other venues throughout the five boroughs including the Americas Society and Cervantes Institute in Midtown Manhattan, the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem, the Casita Maria Center for the Arts in the Bronx, the Beacon Center for the Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and the Queens Museum in Corona, New York. It since traveled across the U.S., as well as to Mexico and Canada, engaging diverse communities in reflecting on their relationship to the questions posed in the films.