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Who is Dayani Cristal?

Arizona border police discover a male body, lifting a tattered t-shirt, they expose a tattoo that reads “Dayani Cristal”.  WHO IS DAYANI CRISTAL? follows director Marc Silver as he embarks on a journey to give this anonymous man an identity.

Director: Marc Silver
Year: 2013
Time: 85 min

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Consider donating to the Colibrí Center for Human Rights, an organization helping to identify human remains on the U.S.-Mexico border, in order to assist families searching for a loved one.

Volunteer time or money with Hermanos en el Camino (Brothers on the Road), which assists migrants on their way from Mexico to the United States.

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