Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014)



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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
Documentary , Special Interest
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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.

Full Review… | July 22, 2014
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
New York Times
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The results are poignant, yet show the difficulties of applying fiction templates to true stories.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
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The focus of the film may be the deadly dangers of illegal border crossings, but its true subject is ordinary people and the things they'll do for the ones they love.

Full Review… | April 24, 2014
Miami Herald
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The cinematography is exquisite and sometimes it alone moves the story.

Full Review… | April 22, 2014
Village Voice
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Who is Dayani Cristal? marks an accomplished sophomore feature film for Silver that is sure to upset and compel in equal measure.

Full Review… | July 31, 2014

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