An aspiring corrido composer from Sinaloa, Mexico, faces two choices to better his life: traffic drugs or cross the border and search for work in the United States.
From the remote coast of Mexico to South Central L.A., Al Otro Lado explores the conflicts around drug smuggling, immigration, and the corrido music that chronicles it all.
Jon Pareles writes in The New York Times:
"The documentary is handsomely filmed, whether in sun-drenched landscapes or crowded nightclubs. Itís not a history of corridos, which have roots that reach back to medieval songs; itís a glimpse of art running parallel to daily life."
"A lyrical and beautiful account of border culture... humane, visually exquisite and resists simple descriptions..."
-2008 Whitney Biennial
-2006 Museum of Modern Art, Documentary Fortnight
-2005 Tribeca Film Festival
-2005 Los Angeles International Film Festival
-Latino Public Broadcasting
-Sundance Documentary Institute
-New York State Council for the Arts
-Arizona Humanities Institute
-Ben Goldhirsh and Reason Pictures
-Cherry Road Films and the Hyde Foundation