A top award-winner at Hot Docs, The Other Side of the Wall follows two Honduran teenagers in Mexico who have to grow up fast after their mother goes to prison.
Spirited and strong-willed, Rocío is 13 years old when her mother is sent to prison for ten years on dubious charges. Her older brother, Ale, is 18 and expecting a baby with his girlfriend. Both are forced to leave their studies and take on the role of parenting their younger brother and sister while their mother is locked away. But their brother–sister relationship strains under the weight of these new responsibilities, and their predicament starts to wear them down as they struggle to keep the family together. And as undocumented Honduran migrants in Mexico, they face even more barriers outside the home.
Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Pau Ortiz, The Other Side of the Wall scored the Best International Feature Documentary Award at the 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival for its revealing depiction of an immigrant family story with warmth, empathy and hope.
"A stunningly intimate and cinematic look at life as an immigrant in Mexico." – CBC Radio
MIFF recommends this film as suitable for ages 15+