THE OTHER SIDE
Roberto Minervini, Denise Ping Lee
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In an invisible territory at the margins of society, at the border between anarchy and illegality, lives a wounded community that is trying to respond to a threat: of being forgotten by society's institutions and having their rights as citizens trampled.
Disarmed veterans, taciturn adolescents, drug addicts trying to escape addiction through love, ex-special forces soldiers still at war with the world, floundering young women and future mothers, and old people who have not lost their desire to live. Through this hidden pocket of humanity, the door opens to the abyss of today's America.
Once again, I have been granted preferential access to a reality that is inaccessible to most. This is the lad of the "new poor", where 60 percent of the population is unemployed and is forced to do whatever it takes to earn a few dollars. Here, American individualism and distrust of the federal government are pushed to an extreme, and I have witnessed first-hand the resurgence of armed paramilitary groups. The documentation of these people comprises what I believe to be my most important work about today's America.