POV1988 | TV Show
This acclaimed, long-running documentary series is a showcase for independent films on a wide variety of subjects, from the heartwarming (`Sweet Old Song,' about a 91-year-old musician) to the whimsical (`The Sweetest Sound,' a study of names) to the contr (more…)
Premiered: July 5, 1988
Season 19, Episode 6 Al Otro Lado
First Aired: August 1, 2006
This fascinating episode, “Al Otro Lado” (To the Other Side), puts a personal spin on illegal immigration through eyes of aspiring corrido singer Magdiel, who lives in Sinaloa. “Mexico is nice for the rich, but for the poor it isn't,” Magdiel explains; and poor he is---he can't afford to pay a border-crossing guide (“coyote”) to take him to the U.S. The documentary also details the history of corridos (folk songs that celebrate outlaws); and profiles influential corrido singer Chalino Sanchez.