“Who is Dayani Cristal?” film on illegal immigration

    July 12, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    Global Justice Center
    225 E 26th St
    Tucson, AZ 85713

    Free Admission! This screening will take place at The Global Justice Center

    Who is Dayani Cristal?



    “Part of The Loft Cinema’s Social Justice Summer, a FREE weekly series pairing films exploring important issues with talkbacks led by community experts. Wednesday nights in June and July (kicking off on May 31st) at 7:30pm. All screenings will take place at The Global Justice Center, 225 E. 26th Street, Tucson, AZ, 85713.

    The body of an unidentified immigrant is found in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert – the deadliest crossing point from Mexico into the United States. His body bears the tattoo “Dayani Cristal,” the solitary clue to his identity. In an attempt to retrace his path and discover his story, director Marc Silver and producer 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. The startling hybrid documentary Who is Dayani Cristal? looks at the immigration issue from the most basic human vantage point.

    Silver follows a team of forensic anthropologists from the Arizona Medical Examiner’s office as they analyze the remains of the unknown immigrant found in the desert. Silver cuts between the anthropologists as they slowly and painstakingly piece together the man’s identity, and Bernal as a migrant on the arduous journey by train and on foot through Latin America and all the way to the southern US border and the possibility of a new life. Unfolding like a thrilling crime drama, the film builds to an emotionally devastating climax. Who Is Dayani Cristal? tells the story of one migrant who found himself in that deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death” and how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the US war on immigration. (Dir. by Marc Silver, 2013, Mexico/USA, in English and Spanish with subtitles, 85 mins., Not Rated)”


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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).

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