Roy Germano is a social scientist and documentary filmmaker. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and recipient of the university’s highest honor, the prestigious Michael H. Granof Award. His feature-length documentary The Other Side of Immigration (2010) is based on three years of doctoral fieldwork in Mexico, which included a National Science Foundation-funded survey of 700 households, ethnographic research in a dozen rural communities, and in-depth interviews with numerous farmers, return migrants, and policymakers. The Other Side of Immigration won the 2011 American Library Association Notable Video Award and has screened at scores of institutions, including Princeton, Harvard, MIT, and the American Museum of Natural History. His second documentary A Mexican Sound (2013) has screened at the Boston Latino Film Festival, the San Diego Latino Film Festival, and many others. In 2014, Roy produced a 3-part documentary series for VICE News called Immigrant America. Episodes include The High Cost of Deporting Parents (filmed in Guatemala), They Steal Our Jobs? (filmed in the US), and Murder and Migration in Honduras (filmed in Honduras). Roy’s research has appeared in journals like Perspectives on Politics, Latino Studies, and Electoral Studies. His work has been featured by NPR, MSNBC, Fox News, Vice News, WNYC, Univision, Telemundo, and The Economist. He lives in Brooklyn with his family.
San Pedro Sula, Honduras, July 2014