Garcia Bernal’s “Who is Dayani Cristal?” Opening in NYC Theaters on April 25

Gael Garcia Bernal will be shining a spotlight on immigrant issues, especially those of migrant workers, in the near future.

The 35-year-old Mexican actor/activist’s Who is Dayani Cristal?, which opened the World Cinema Documentary section at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and won that year’s cinematography award, will be released on April 25 in New York City.

Gael Garcia Bernal in Who is Dayani Cristal?

Focusing on the death of migrant workers in the Sonora desert, the documentary follows a team from Arizona’s Pima County morgue as they try to identify a man who died trying to enter the U.S. through that dangerous path.

In the film, Garcia Bernal investigates the life of the immigrant, known as Dayani Cristal, retracing the man’s harrowing journey along the migrant trail in Central America.

Following its New York City release, the Marc Silver-directed film will expand nationwide in the following weeks.

It’s all part of his work on four short films in collaboration with Amnesty International. The tetralogy is called Los Invisibles about migrants from Central America in Mexico, their journey and risks, their hopes, and what they can contribute to Mexico, the US and the world. He directed the movies, did the interviews and also narrates the four short movies.

Diaz’s “Fruitvale” Earns Two Sundance Film Festival Prizes

Melonie Diaz has become part of Sundance Film Festival history…

The 28-year-old Puerto Rican actress’ latest project, Fruitvale, has become the first Sundance film to win the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Dramatic film since Precious in 2009.

Melonie Diaz II

First-time director Ryan Coogler was inspired to write the film after 22-year-old Oscar Grant was shot in the back and killed by Oakland transit police on New Year’s Day morning 2009. Fruitvale tells the story of Grant’s last 24 hours alive, as he attempts to become a better father, a better boyfriend and a better son and friend.

“It’s about human beings and how we treat each other,” said Coogler, “how we treat people that we love and how we treat people that we don’t know.”

Diaz portrays Sophina in the film, which sparked a bidding war after its premiere. Rights for the film were ultimately acquired by The Weinstein Company for approximately $2 million.

Meanwhile, Sebastián Silva’s earned the Directing Award: World Cinema Dramatic for helming the Chilean film Crystal Fairy, which centers on two people who clash during a road trip to Chile.

Who is Dayani Cristal?, a film produced by Gael García Bernal and Marc Silver, won the Cinematography Award, World Cinema Documentary. The film, directed by Silver and featuring García in some dramatic reenactments, centers on an anonymous body found in the Arizona desert sparks the beginning of a real-life human drama. The search for its identity leads the audience across a continent to seek out the people left behind and the meaning of a mysterious tattoo.