Go Watch This: “Who is Dayani Cristal?”

by Gabriel Valdez

Every year, about 500 migrant workers die in the border crossing from Mexico to the United States. Rather than reforming immigration or cracking down on the companies that hire migrant workers, it’s more politically tenable to crack down on the migrants themselves.

As populated areas become more secured, immigrants attempt to cross through increasingly remote locations. This poses an increased risk of death to migrants and, since many carry false identification, many go unidentified.

Actor and filmmaker Gael Garcia Bernal retraces the steps of one migrant worker, reconstructing a journey to find work, in Who is Dayani Cristal?

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