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Friday, March 21, 2014

WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL?, The Documentary Starring Gael García Bernal That Focuses On The U.S. Immigration Crisis, Heads To Theaters in April

I'm super excited to learn that WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL?, the documentary starring Gael García Bernal that focuses on the human toll of the U.S. immigration crisis, will finally open in New York on April 25th, followed by a release to select cities nationwide. I think I started hearing about this project at least a year ago, and since then it's been in limbo with no definite release schedule. So this is big news, especially since I've been applauding both Bernal and his producing partner Diego Luna on their attempts to break the Hollywood mold with rich stories featuring Latino talent (Luna's newest directorial effort, Cesar Chavez, scored an audience award at SXSW earlier this month).

WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL?, which won the Sundance 2013 World Cinema Cinematography Award and an official selection at the 51st New York Film Festival, will likely stir the ongoing debate about the immigrant crisis in the U.S. as it paints a more personal portrait of one man who lost his life in the Arizona desert. More info below:

In this piercing documentary that pushes the edges of the non-fiction form, acclaimed Mexican actor and activist Gael García Bernal tells the story of one of the many migrant workers who lost their lives in the stretch of Arizona desert known as “the corridor of death.” As Mr. Bernal retraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America, he and director Marc Silver show how one life can become a powerful testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration.

With contributions from the dedicated forensic examiners of the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, the film seeks to answer questions surrounding the death of this yet-unidentified man. As the investigation unfolds, Mr. Bernal embeds himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. He witnesses first-hand the dangers these men, women and children face on their way to the United States, also offering new insight into their sacrifices in search for a better life.

I plan to check out a screening of the film next month, so I definitely report back about it. But I am already so hyped. Watch the trailer:


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