Roy Germano is a social scientist and award-winning filmmaker. His first film, The Other Side of Immigration, explores the root causes of illegal immigration from Mexico. It is based on a National Science Foundation-funded survey of 700 Mexican households. In 2011, The Other Side of Immigration became 1 of 15 films added to the American Library Association’s List of Notable Videos for “its significant contribution to the world of video recordings.” It has been invited to screen at 100+ film festivals, universities, and institutions, including the San Antonio Film Festival, Princeton University, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Minnesota Department of Education.
Germano holds an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Government at the University of Texas at Austin. At UT-Austin, Germano was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and recipient of the prestigious Michael H. Granof Outstanding Graduate Student Award. He currently teaches courses on international migration and nonfiction filmmaking at Sarah Lawrence College and is producing a documentary series about immigrants in America for VICE News. In a forthcoming publication, Germano advances a new approach to research and publication in the social sciences called “analytic filmmaking.” His new film A Mexican Sound is currently touring film festivals.
Germano’s work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the University of Texas at Austin, the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York, and hundreds of generous individuals. Notable media appearances include Univision’s Al Punto Con Jorge Ramos, NPR, Fox News, Telemundo, and The Economist.