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: April 25, 2014
DVD 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.

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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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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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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Mark Jenkins

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

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

But while the film has some truly poignant moments, especially when we hear more from the family John Doe left behind in their own words, the film still struggles to find a singular voice.

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

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

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