This movie is really touching. With the films reenactment of what took place and the accounts of the man's family members, the viewer gets a real sense of what many undocumented immigrants must overcome to reach the US and make a living for their families back home. In full, the product is a well made and truly moving documentary that gives light into the humanity that is in every immigrant that comes to the US.
Powerful indeed. Shows how the free trade agreements imposed by Mexican and Central American governments on their people destroy the livelihoods of those people forcing them to go elsewhere (the USA) in search of a better life. And how the US blocks what were regarded as "safe" routes forcing these people to take routes that are almost certain to end in their deaths. Released in 2013 even more relevant in 2017.
Superficially, WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? is a very touching and moving documentary about the experiences of illegal immigrants. My main issue with this film was, as much as it pains me to say this, Gael García Bernal. His scenes substracted cohesion to the film and authenticity to these real stories of real people. GGB felt artifically and unnecessarily inserted in this story that didn't really need him as an actor.
Revealing the gap between a life that is barely lived and its distant possibilities (a situation that can only get worse thanks to fake drug wars, the fraudulent "war on terror," and neo-liberal economic policies, along with the hyper-militarization of police and border patrol agencies—as well as the scapegoating of immigrants more generally), the grit and poignancy of this tale is remarkably vast and personal.
(2.5 stars) Movie succeeds most during its pure documentary form. It's biggest flaw is that it tries to insert Garcia Bernal into the film as a "character" instead of just himself. When he talks to real people and he is in "character" and they are just being their real selves... it is really awkward and in poor taste. I'm sure his heart was in the right place, but this was a terrible creative decision.
La película se salva por ciertas entrevistas, pero en sí misma es un verdadero fracaso en tanto que pretende simular una historia: "Gael es un migrante", alguien que puede hermanar con los demás migrantes, y peor aún, quien dice que "nunca se sintió tan libre como arriba" de la Bestia. El tema es sensible y el ejercicio de cursilería en el que incurre con tales escenas pierde toda seriedad.
Un documental mezclado con ficción, recreada por el mismo Gael García, que no sólo trata de responder la pregunta del título, sino que hace a las personas cuestionarse la responsabilidad individual en el problema de los migrantes que atraviesan por nuestro país. Excelente fotografía y un enfoque muy humano a un tema que se ha vuelto meras estadísticas, olvidando así que son seres humanos, con motivaciones y sueños.
Película inmensamente dura, clara y concisa: morir en la frontera es un absurdo políticamente permitido. La música interpretada por mis queridos Vega y demás amigos es elemental. Ojalá la vean muchos, sobre todo los que sueñan con que cruzar la frontera les resolverá la vida.