Who Is Dayani Cristal?

2014

Who Is Dayani Cristal?

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The body of an unidentified immigrant is found in the Arizona Desert. In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border, providing rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate. (c) Kino Lorber

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  • Only the most callous anti-immigration zealot could fail to find these stories poignant, but there's something awkwardly artificial about the dramatised strand ...

    Jul 24, 2014 | Full Review…
  • We learn the cruelty of a system of hope in which the longing for a better life is the bait to lure people to an untimely death.

    Jul 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Leaves a legacy of tenacious empathy for dead migrant workers.

    Jul 24, 2014 | Rating: 4/5
  • This doc attempts to put a human face on the statistics, not only following the grisly day-to-day of American officials dealing with the bodies, but also exploring the dead man's rural Honduran background.

    Jul 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • With its compellingly multifaceted approach, its earnest compassion and a celebrity presence in the form of the actor Gael García Bernal, the documentary could be enlisted in the perennial battle over immigration law.

    Apr 24, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The results are poignant, yet show the difficulties of applying fiction templates to true stories.

    Apr 24, 2014 | Full Review…

    Mark Jenkins

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