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‘I always carry a responsibility with me, to resist, to help, to spread the word, to inspire. We all do. And we can start by watching Who Is Dayani Cristal?’
‘It should be required viewing for anyone involved in making or enforcing border policy, not to mention the blowhards who have made a cottage industry out of debating it’.
The film shows the complexity of human strivings motivated by hope, greed, compassion, duty, prejudice, camaraderie and power, strivings that sometimes dance together poignantly and other times collide with mortal force. The stories of the migrants who cross the border, whether happy or tragic, are points of light illuminating what we need to change.
Quién es Dayani Cristal no es sólo un documental sobre la migración en México, es más bien un conjunto de preguntas que nos enfrentan con nuestra propia responsabilidad en la ruta migratoria que pasa por nuestro país.
With a rare combination of stunning visual artistry, masterful storytelling, and anthropological insight, this film succeeds more than any I have ever seen in piercing through the abstractions and distortions of the immigration debate to restore the experience of migrants to where it belongs—center stage. A remarkable achievement.
The film manages to talk from human to human, eye to eye, about an issue that is often addressed as a distant political problem, a number among numbers. It helps us realize (hopefully) that we have been asleep by not acknowledging that migrants, just like non-migrants, have dreams.
A beautiful film that shows the shocking reality of migrant workers through an individual story – I hope the film can move the needle to address the injustices that surround undocumented migrants in the US.