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Documenting Impact featuring “Who is Dayani Cristal?”

When: March 23, 2016 | Noon-1 p.m. EST

Join us from noon-1 p.m. ET on March 23 for an online OVEE screening featuring clips and conversation from Who is Dayani Cristal?, one of the five powerful films selected for our 2015 Media Impact Festival.

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Deep in the sun-blistered Sonoran 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 who–or what–is Dayani Cristal?

Following a team 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 García Bernal retraces the man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to understand what it must have felt like to make this journey, Bernal embeds himself among migrant travelers on their own mission to cross the border. He experiences first-hand the dangers they face and learns of their motivations, hopes and fears. 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.

Through a partnership with OVEE, an online cinematic social visual experience created by ITVS, we’ll screen the trailer, watch several clips, and conduct an interview with filmmaker Marc Silver, Robin Reineke–one of the subjects of the film–and impact producer Lina Srivastava. We’ll discuss the film’s impact and how it has shifted the political conversation around immigration.

We hope you’ll join us for this thought-provoking online event and participate in our live conversation.

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The Media Impact Festival is an annual gathering that celebrates the social impact of media and its capacity to transform society. Who is Dayani Cristal? was one of the five films chosen in 2015 for its notable impact on a particular issue through powerful coverage and inspired engagement of audiences, influencers, and institutions.

Co-sponsored with: Philanthropy New York and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrant Refugees