Who Is Dayani Cristal?
Who Is Dayani Cristal? (2014)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 9, 2014
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

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.

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Jamie S. Rich

...tackles some of the more difficult aspects of U.S. immigration policy. Bernal's portions are less compelling than the more strict reportage, but illuminating all the same.

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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times

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.

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Daphne Howland
Village Voice

The cinematography is exquisite and sometimes it alone moves the story.

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

It gets at the heart. But we also learn sober truths.

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Mark Jenkins

The results are poignant, yet show the difficulties of applying fiction templates to true stories.

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Stefan Pape

Who is Dayani Cristal? marks an accomplished sophomore feature film for Silver that is sure to upset and compel in equal measure.

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Rich Cline

Actor-producer Gael Garcia Bernal takes a strikingly complex look at the timely issue of human migration from Central America to the United States, which is rarely depicted with such honest humanity.

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