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Who is Dayani Cristal?2013

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The body of an unidentified immigrant is found in the Arizona Desert. In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal embed themselves among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border, providing rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.

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Dayani Cristal is the name of everyone who has to fight poverty and economic injustice, racism, fight for the right to earn a living, access to medicine, and hypocrisy over border issues. If people in the US are permitted to go to the polls to vote on issues around migration, they should at least take the time to watch a film like this, and get the right information and human stories behind the conditions that lead to thousands of deaths for wanting a better life. It would also be interesting to know more about the efficacy and potential controversy of the DNA database initiative to track and identify such individuals, which was left a footnote at the end. This is a very important film. I hope people will watch it because they care about this humanitarian crisis in the US, like so many migrant injustices around the world.

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Dayani Cristal is the name of everyone who has to fight poverty and economic injustice, racism, fight for the right to earn a living, access to medicine, and hypocrisy over border issues. If people in the US are permitted to go to the polls to vote on issues around migration, they should at least take the time to watch a film like this, and get the right information and human stories behind the conditions that lead to thousands of deaths for wanting a better life. It would also be interesting to know more about the efficacy and potential controversy of the DNA database initiative to track and identify such individuals, which was left a footnote at the end. This is a very important film. I hope people will watch it because they care about this humanitarian crisis in the US, like so many migrant injustices around the world.

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I felt that I was embedded with the immigrants who are coming to America and learned the risks involved in making the journey first hand.

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Heart touching of the current reality.

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A heartfelt portrayal, incredibly moving and well-told. Highly recommend the film! It takes the issue of migration into the US and immigration in general and it shows a side of the story that is rarely seen or heard. The film effectively humanizes a highly politicized debate.

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Something everyone should see...

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(I hope to do that later.) I cannot now. I want everyone I love to know this movie.

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I didn´t like the documentary. I am from the border. I was born in Nogales, Arizona and grew up in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. This is an attempt to tell the reality of the people who come from latinamerica to the States. Gael García and his team, specially the writers, didn´t do their research correctly. Cuando cruzas la frontera de Estados Unidos, cruzas la frontera de la muerte. Cuando vas a contar una historia como esta, cuentas la historia con el corazón y la atención a los afectados, mas no posando para las cámaras. Este tipo de documentales hechos por famosos deberían de tener un mensaje más profundo para los futuros migrantes.

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Excrutiating! Touched!

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True to life. I am close to that culture, The film shows reality.