You can now watch A Mexican Sound in its entirety online. We also have lots of extra features available for you, such as deleted scenes and rare live performances. And the best parts: the film only costs 99 cents and is available worldwide. http://vimeo.com/ondemand/amexicansound
Roy Germano is the NYC-based director of two award-winning documentaries: The Other Side of Immigration (winner of the 2011 American Library Association Notable Video Award) and A Mexican Sound (currently touring international film festivals).
He holds a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, where he conducted extensive research in rural Mexico on the relationship between emigration and agricultural policy, and on the impact of migrants’ remittances on politics.
Roy’s films have screened at the American Museum of Natural History, New York City Immigrant Heritage Week, the Minnesota Department of Education, the Texas Department of Public Health, Princeton University, and many other universities, film festivals, and public institutions. His work has been featured by NPR, Univision, Fox News, The Economist, The Huffington Post, Crooks and Liars, FireDogLake, and CNN en Español.
Roy Germano gives engaging talks, seminars, and keynote speeches about documentary filmmaking and Mexico/immigration issues at universities, conferences, and community events around the country. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about Roy’s visits or to host a screening of either or both of his films. Read testimonials and FAQs about Roy’s events.
The Other Side of Immigration
Winner of 2011 American Library Association Notable Video Award and Official Selection at dozens of film festivals and major institutions
Contemporary immigration issues between the United States and Mexico receive careful study in this documentary, which uses extensive interviews to outline the experiences and perspectives of ordinary citizens in the Mexican countryside. In examining the economic factors prompting Mexicans to seek work in the United States and the social pressures that result, the film presents an affecting look at a complex political and moral issue.
“Does more than any other work to give people otherwise disparaged as ‘threatening’ and ‘illegal’ a human face” – Douglas S. Massey, Princeton University
“a must-see for anyone serious about the subject” – Crooks & Liars
“a beautifully shot film” that “shows the human side of immigration” – FireDogLake
Official Selection: 2013 San Diego Latino Film Festival, Cine Las Americas Film Festival, Sunscreen Film Festival, Irish Latin American Film Festival, Phoenix College Film Festival
The beautiful Huastecan sound (son huasteco) has echoed from the mountains of northeast Mexico for more than a century. On Sundays, people meet in town squares to dance and stomp to the explosive violin solos and driving guitar rhythms that make this music so unique. Son huasteco continues to flourish here despite two decades of globalization and mass migration to the United States. From the award-winning director of The Other Side of Immigration, a documentary that explores the wonders of this vibrant musical tradition.