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Chantal Akerman

De l'autre côté (From the Other Side)

99' - 2002 - Documentary - Dialogue: Spanish, French, English
Director: Chantal Akerman
The story is old as the hills, yet every day more timely and every day more terrible. Sometimes poor people, risking their very lives, leave everything behind in an attempt to survive, to live elsewhere. In this particular film, elsewhere is North America and the poor are mostly Mexicans. For years, they passed through San Diego. But the INS, using cutting edge technologies invented during the war in Vietnam and which came to fruition during the Gulf War, have managed to quell the flow of illegal aliens in this part of California, deporting them to the desert and mountain regions of Arizona. They figured that the hardships and dangers, the cold and the heat would stop them altogether. You can't stop someone who's hungry. But you fear him. Fear the other, fear his filth, fear the disease he may be bringing in. Fear invasion. But never fear to kill him. (press kit)

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Chantal Akerman


Chantal Akerman

Director of Photography

Raymond Fromont, Robert Fenz, Chantal Akerman


Claire Atherton


Xavier Carniaux, Elisabeth Marliangeas, Fabrice Puchault

More information


Spanish, French, English

Countries of production

Belgium, Finland, Australia, France



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