Who Is Dayani Cristal?

Showtimes

Film runs Sun, Sep 29 through Tue, Oct 1.

Sun, Sep 29

7:00pm

Tue, Oct 1

3:30pm

Who Is Dayani Cristal?
Marc Silver, 2013
USA/Mexico | 80 minutes

Immigration is now on everyone’s mind, from the halls of Congress to the deserts of Texas and Arizona. Director Marc Silver and producer Gael Garcia Bernal have devised a startling hybrid documentary that looks at the issue from the most basic human vantage point. Silver follows a team of forensic anthropologists from the Arizona Medical Examiner’s office as they analyze the remains of a migrant found in the desert. The only identification mark is a tattoo that reads "Dayani Cristal." Silver cuts between the anthropologists as they slowly and painstakingly piece together the man’s identity; and Bernal as a migrant on the arduous journey by train and on foot through Latin America and all the way to the southern US border and the possibility of a new life. Measured, meditative and scrupulously constructed, alternately sobering and enlightening, Who Is Dayani Cristal? describes a possible, terrible fate experienced by scores of people every year.

Series: NYFF51: Motion Portraits

Venue: Francesca Beale Theater, Howard Gilman Theater

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