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.
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.