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Light Industry Film Screening – El Otro Lado

October 12, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Lyon started photographing a number of undocumented
workers across the Mexican border: the baths they’d take in irrigation
ditches, the detentions to which they’d be subjected, the
arrests they’d face at the hands of La Migra(immigration)_ By 1977
he’d met a group from Oueretaro–two young brothers, their
father, and a small cluster of their friends-who made arduous
pilgrimages to Arizona’s Maricopa County to work in the state’s
citrus groves(….)
Almost forty years later, the film Lyon made from that material
remains both a daring political act and a concise masterwork
of nonfiction cinema_ Every scene of El Otro Lado is a precise,
patient, and expansive delinea1ion of what it was like to work in
this setting under intense pressures and threats. In its mingling of
fictional reenactmen1 and straight observation, its luxurious scenes
of musical performances, and the deft way it captures the constant
lurking tension behind these men’s conversations and hangout
sessions, it gives an indelihle record of a precarious, hunted liVlng.
“Last year I was caught four times,” one worke-r r-emembers in a
title card before the party leaves Oueretaro. “Oh,” his friend says,
“so you’re a regular client.”
Max Nelson


October 12, 2017
7:00 pm


Devin Fore
Office of the Provost


James M. Stewart Theater
185 Nassau Street
Princeton, NJ
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