May 11, 2006
Directed by Heather Courtney
Rated Not Rated, 74 min.
Part of the Best of Slamdance Series
Letters from the Other Side eloquently manages to present stories that show the relationship between Mexico and the U.S. and the unexpected side effects of recent American trade laws and border-tightening regulations. Heather Courtney's documentary examines three family situations. Eugenia, whose husband left for the U.S. years ago when she was pregnant with their youngest daughter, and whose three sons have followed their dad to find work. Maria, a farmer whose two older sons crossed the border, and who is worried that as she and her husband grow old, no one will be left to work their own land. And Carmela and Laura, whose husbands died on their journey to the U.S. in a smuggling truck.
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