Sundance 2013: Who Is Dayani Cristal?

Jan 17, 2013

Friday, we continue our coverage of Sundance with the filmmakers of the documentary Who Is Dayani Cristal? Every day, immigrants from Central and South America try to cross into the United States in search of a better future. Who Is Dayani Cristal? explores that struggle through one man, a John Doe, his corpse found decomposing beneath a tree by Arizona’s border police. The film follows the clues to uncover the unidentified man’s history, revealing along the way how America’s problematic and far-reaching immigration policies affect a single human life. 

Who Is Dayani Cristal?, starring actor Gael Garcia Bernal, is playing in the World Documentaries Competition category at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. It screens this Friday evening at 6 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Library (waitlist only), Sunday, January 20th, at 3:30 p.m. at Peery's Egyptian Theater in Ogden (tickets available as of January 17), at 4 p.m. at the Redstone Cinemas in Park City on Wednesday, January 23rd, and at 3 p.m. at Park City's Temple Theatre (both shows waitlist only). Visit the Sundance Film Festival web site for more details.


  • Marc Silver is a filmmaker, director of photography and a social-impact producer. Who Is Dayani Cristal? marks his debut as a film director.
  • Mark Munroe is a screenwriter and a film director and producer. His screenwriting credits include The Cove -- which won a 2010 Academy Award for Best Documentary -- Chasing Ice and a number of films showing at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.