dayaniI helped to plan an event tonight with the World Policy Institute, CultureStrike and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.  Please come as my guest!

Who is Dayani Cristal? A Film Screening & Salon
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 6:00 to 8:15 PM
Screening 6:00 PM (85 mins)
Discussion 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM  

At the Asian American Writers’ Workshop
110-112 West 27th Street, Sixth Floor
New York, NY 10001

Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora 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?

Winner of the Sundance 2013 Cinematography award and nominated in the World Documentary Competition, Who is Dayani Cristal? follows the discovery, identification and repatriation of a migrant found dead under a cicada tree 20 minutes south of Tucson. Gael Garcia Bernal retraces the dead man’s steps along the migrant trail through Central America and Mexico. In an effort to understand this final journey, he 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 they travel north — giving us a rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.

In recognition of World Refugee Day, this World Policy Salon brings together the film’s producers and immigration experts for a discussion of the ecosystem of global migration issues the film raises (and which were explored through a series on World Policy’s Arts Policy Nexus Blog):

In Discussion:

Lina Srivastava, Transmedia Producer for Who is Dayani Cristal? and social impact strategist  Sarnata Reynolds, Senior Advisor on Human Rights, Refugees International, and author of the Who is Dayani Cristal? ibook   Moderated by Michele Wucker, President, World Policy Institute, and author of LOCKOUT: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting it Right

About World Policy Institute’s Arts and Policy Incubator: Examining Migration through a Cinematic Lens

The work of many photographers, visual artists, filmmakers, musicians, poets, and writers deals with the same challenges that keep policy makers up at night. By connecting the creative and policy camps, we can create wider audiences for artists’ work and engage more people in addressing issues like sustainability and human rights. World Policy Institute’s Arts and Policy Incubator brings together artists whose work addresses social challenges with policy thought leaders to find creative ways to reach hearts & minds –and, in turn, activate hands and feet.

* I had the idea while attending this event that freeDimensional could screen the film in its Honduras workshop the following week.