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WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL?

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Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 5:00 am

Filmmaker Marc Silver has made an awkward but sometimes effective, even heart-wrenching, documentary that attempts to put a human face on the issue of illegal immigration from the south. He begins not with a face, but with a body, shown in Border Patrol footage, where it was found in the Sonoran Desert near Tucson. On the man’s chest is a tattoo reading “Dayani Cristal.” The film searches for the meaning of the tattoo and the identity of the dead man along three paths: a forensic investigation, interviews with family and friends, and a recreation of his journey by Mexican movie star Gael García Bernal, the film’s co-producer. The movie is sincere in opening our eyes to the human tragedy out of which political candidates will be making hay this fall. Not rated. 83 minutes. The Screen, Santa Fe. See review.

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