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Who Is Dayani Cristal?

Directed by Marc Silver
United Kingdom, 2013
  • Spanish
  • English


August 3, 2010, Pima County, Arizona—Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, border police discover a decomposing male body. Lifting a tattered T-shirt, they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal.” Who is this person? What brought him here?

Our take

A powerful political film concerning immigration wrapped inside a mystery, this documentary follows Gael García Bernal as he poignantly retraces the possible footsteps of an unidentified migrant to discover the hopes and aspirations of the Mexican working class.

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Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2013 | 2 wins including: World Cinema - Documentary (Cinematography Award)

San Sebastián International Film Festival


New York Film Festival


Abu Dhabi Film Festival

2013 | Winner: Documentary Film Competition (Special Jury Award)

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