Al Otro Lado
Al Otro Lado (2005)

Told using Mexico's 200 year-old tradition of corrido music, To The Other Side recounts the story of an aspiring corrido composer facing two life-changing choices: to traffic drugs or unlawfully cross the border into the United States.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 23, 2005
DVD Release Date: March 6, 2007
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

We're left unable to get the music -- and the musicians -- out of our heads.

Robert Koehler

Humane, visually exquisite and resists simple descriptions while moving toward a more mainstream non-fiction form.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

The film's heart is Magdiel and the modest dreams that get him through the day but may also be the death of him.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Al Otro Lado serves as a primer on a musical style that may be unfamiliar to many, while putting a human face on the problem of illegal immigrants.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

A competent, earnest ethnographic video doc that never quite rises above its own best intentions.

Phil Hall
Film Threat

A prime example of Attention Deficit Disorder Filmmaking.

Nathan Lee
New York Times

This infectious documentary by Natalia Almanda sings clear and strong when it sticks to translating the culture of corrido music for gringos.

Jorge Avila Andrade

Sano ejercicio fílmico que no pretende otra cosa que no sea la de entretener. Si al final logra crear conciencia, será un logro estupendo.

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Cynthia S.
Nice movie. Very moving. I tend to love movies that revolve around children, and this one was no exception. This movie bounces back and forth with 3 different… More