Who Is Dayani Cristal?

Directed by Marc Silver

Release Year: 2013
Running Time: 85
Color Type: Color
Country: U.S., Mexico
Language: English and Spanish w/ English subtitles
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Gael Garcia Bernal

Directed by Marc Silver

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.

Educational Reviews

'Dayani Cristal" is by far the best film on the immigration issue; it provides substantive data and statistics but it also tells a powerful story that emerges as a deeply personal and touching manifestation of the reason people chose to migrate; everyone who wonders why individuals chose to risk their life to come to the U.S. must see this film." Maria Luisa Alaniz, Ph.D. Professor - Associate Chair, Social Science Teacher Preparation Coordinator/Advisor Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Science Department, San Jose State University

Critical Acclaim

"It should be required viewing for anyone involved in making or enforcing border policy..." - The Hollywood Reporter

"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." - Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

An American Library Association Video Round Table notable film of 2015


  • Cinematography Award (World Cinema - Documentary) Sundance Film Festival
    Official Selection New York Film Festival

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