In this first clip associated with the Al Otro Lado lesson plan, Magdiel, a young man who lives in a fishing town called Sinaloa on the west coast of Mexico, writes and sings corridos, Mexican ballads that use music to tell stories. Students should think about what economic challenges Magdiel and his family face in Sinaloa. Ask students to compare how Magdiel's options for the future compare with their own. Return to lesson plan »
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.
In this chilling video, Pol Pot's second in command, Nuon Chea (a.k.a. "Brother Number 2"), describes the decision they made to eliminate perceived "traitors" while they were in power. It's the first time a leader of the Khmer Rouge has admitted to ordering the killing of Cambodian people.
A group of Syrian women explain that the biggest challenges for women in the Muslim world stem not from conservative religious behaviors but from the cultural norms advocated by conservative male clerics.