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by Pau Ortiz


When their mother is sentenced to 10 years in a Mexican prison on questionable charges, teenagers Rocío and Ale are left with no choice but to play the role of both mother and father to their two younger siblings. As Honduran immigrants living in Mexico, they lack work papers, making opportunities for employment scarce. While the oldest, Ale, tries his best to make rational decisions for the good of the family, the pressure mounts. Finances are tight, his girlfriend is expecting and his sister Rocío is testing her teenage boundaries, wanting less responsibility and more freedom. Fearing she may get herself into trouble, Ale clamps down and tensions between them escalate. As apprehensions about the future intensify, Ale must make the difficult decision between keeping the family together in Mexico or breaking them apart to cross the US border for work. Heather Haynes

international title: The Other Side of the Wall
original title: Al otro lado del muro
country: Mexico, Spain
sales agent: First Hand Films
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Pau Ortiz
film run: 68'
cinematography by: Maria Nova López
film editing: Frank Gutiérrez
music: Daniel Hidalgo
producer: Emiliano Altuna, Tatiana García, Maria Nova López, Carlos Rossini
production: Intactes, Bambú Audiovisual (MX)
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