From the Other Side
De l'autre côté
2002, Chantal Akerman, Belgium/France, 103 min.
- Fri, Oct 18th 3:45pm
- Tue, Oct 22nd 6:00pm
“Stunning…unforgettably forceful.”—Stuart Klawans, The Nation.
“Eerily beautiful and filled with a quiet compassion.”—Dave Kehr, The New York Times.
Akerman’s powerful synthesis of polemic and poetry contemplates the unseen, unacknowledged war that is fought nightly along the U.S.-Mexico border. The film’s central image is the endless fortified barrier that separates Agua Prieta, Mexico, and Douglas, Arizona. Alternating between incisive interviews and haunting landscapes, FROM THE OTHER SIDE begins south, with Mexicans who have lost loved ones in the attempt to cross over. Moving north, Akerman finds Arizonians both frightened and saddened by the “invasion,” including a sheriff who condemns the INS’s acceptance of increased fatalities as “a calculated consequence.” ProRes digital. (MR)