The Modern and Classical Languages Department and Pragda Spanish Flim Club are pleased to announce that they are bringing to campus the 2017 Hispanic Film Festival. This film series will present a wide range of award winning movies spanning different parts of Latin America to showcase identity and culture through migration.
Screening: Who is Dayani Cristal (2013) (¿Quién es Dayani Cristal?)
Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert beneath a cicada tree, Arizona 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? How did he die? And or what is Dayani Cristal? Following a team of dedicated forensic anthropologists from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernal retraces this man's steps along the migrant trail in Central America. As we travel north, these voices from the other side of the border wall give us a rare insight into the human stories, which are so often ignored in the immigration debate. Winner of the Sundace 2013 Cinematography award and nominated in the World Documentary Competition, Who is Dayani Cristal? shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration.