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Magdiel finds someone who will help him illegally cross the border from Mexico to the U.S. He prepares for a dangerous journey, and leaves home, perhaps for the last time, with hope for a better future.

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El General director Natalia Almada talks about the making of her first POV film, Al Otro Lado, and the impact of corrido music.


The proud Mexican tradition of corrido music provides both heartbeat and backbone to this rich examination of songs, drugs and dreams along the U.S./Mexico border.

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Magdiel, a young man living in Mexico, talking to his sister about wanting to go to the U.S.

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A young man with few options for the future lives in a fishing town in Mexico, and writes and sings corridos, Mexican ballads that use music to tell stories.

  • Updated on April 23, 2014

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Al Otro Lado

Premiere Date: August 1, 2006

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Filmmaker: Natalia Almada Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Press Release (Spanish) | Critical Acclaim


Natalia Almada
Natalia Almada

The injustice of all the people dying on the border is somehow lessened if we Americans think of them as people who didn't have family, money or opportunity.”

— Natalia Almada, Filmmaker


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Critical Acclaim

The documentary is handsomely filmed, whether in sun-drenched landscapes or crowded nightclubs. It’s not a history of corridos, which have roots that reach back to medieval songs; it’s a glimpse of art running parallel to daily life.”

&mdash Jon Pareles, The New York Times

An often affecting . . . look at a topic that has so dominated the news of late. Al Otro Lado looks at all sides of the immigration issue with a dispassionate eye. . . . Compelling stuff . . .”

&mdash Teresa Wiltz, Washington Post

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