Who Is Dayani Cristal? Review

Who Is Dayani Cristal?
Starting with the death of an illegal immigrant, Marc Silver's documentary traces the man's journey back to its source.

by Kim Newman |
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Release Date:

25 Jul 2014

Running Time:

85 minutes



Original Title:

Who Is Dayani Cristal?

A documentary about migrant workers which intercuts a police investigation into the identity of a corpse found in the Arizona desert — with ‘Dayani Cristal’ tattooed on his chest — with a more fanciful strand in which actor/activist Gael García Bernal rides along with south-of-the-border illegals on their own perilous journey to cross the border into the United States. The forensic business, which concentrates on a small aspect of the issue in such a way that the big picture takes shape, works better than the celeb-hobo business, which might not have been the best way to tell the stories of the undocumented masses.

Bernal does his best to bring the film's detective work alive, but the presence of a big star somewhat overbalances this tragic story.
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