Gael García Bernal Immigration Docu ‘Who Is Dayani Cristal?’ Inks U.S. Distributor

Immigration reform documentary Who Is Dayani Cristal?, from Marc Silver and actor/activist Gael García Bernal, has found U.S. distribution with Kino Lorber. The hot button pic will hit theaters in Spring 2014. The film shadows Bernal as he retraces the steps of an unidentified migrant worker known as Dayani Cristal, whose body was found along the Mexico-Arizona migrant trail dubbed “The corridor of death.” Seeking answers about the mystery traveler, Bernal embeds himself in the lives of border-crossing men, women, and children and witnesses the dangers they face, caught in the crossfire of America’s war on immigration. The Sundance cinematography award-winner and NYFF entry sold international rights out of Park City in January. Pulse Films and Canana Films produced the film with support from Impact Partners, Candescent Films, Ford Foundation, BRITDOC Foundation, OAK Foundation, and the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Fund. Producers are Lucas Ochoa, Thomas Benski, and Gael García Bernal. “Clichés about the political meeting the personal evaporate as we share Gael’s journey on the trail of human tragedy, wrought by broken government policy and racial paranoia,” said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber, who negotiated the deal at AFM with Elizabeth Sheldon and Submarine’s Josh Braun.

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