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Who is Dayani Cristal Film Screening

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

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  

Registration and payment are required to attend (see payment details below)

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):

This event is made possible by World Policy Institute, CultureStrike, and the Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

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.


Lina Srivastava catalyzes and amplifies social impact in human rights and global development through culture, media, storytelling, and new narrative forms and distribution technologies. An attorney-turned-strategist, Lina is the founder of a social innovation consultancy in New York City, providing strategic design and direction for award-winning documentaries such as Oscar-winning Born into Brothels, Oscar-winning Inocente, Emmy-nominated The Devil Came on Horseback, and Sundance award winning Who Is Dayani Cristal?, as well as social impact organizations such as UNESCO, The World Bank, and UNICEF, among many others. She developed the transmedia activism framework and is the Co-Founder of Regarding Humanity, a community aimed at advocating for ethical, creative, and effective stories and design in humanitarianism.

Sarnata Reynolds is Program Manager for Statelessness for Refugees International for a discussion of advocacy for displaced persons, and the impact of statelessness. Sarnata is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center where she teaches a seminar on statelessness, and taught a human rights fact-finding course in 2011. Sarnata is a member of the National Lawyers Committee for Human Rights’ Mexico Advisory Team, she served as the Vice-Chair of Refugee Council USA and she chaired the Iraqi Refugee Working Group. Sarnata has appeared before Congress many times to discuss a variety of issues including the indefinite detention of stateless children in the United States before the Human Rights and Children’s Caucuses. Sarnata has also litigated asylum and deportation defense cases before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, United States District Courts and Executive Office for Immigration Review. She has published multiple articles on international human rights and the intersection of U.S. constitutional and immigration law. 

Moderator Michele Wucker is president of the World Policy Institute and the author of Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right (2006) and Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle for Hispaniola (1999). Her new book, The Gray Rhino: Why We Keep Missing the Most Obvious Threats – And How We Can Get Out of Their Way, will be published in 2015 by St Martin’s Press. She received a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on changing global views of citizenship. She is a 2009 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a member of the 2009-10 American Council on Germany Young Leaders Study Group on the Future of Europe. Michele lectures and publishes frequently about immigration, cross-cultural conflict and conciliation, the global economy, and Latin American politics.


Advance payment and registration are required.    

Participants may attend their first Salon for free.  The World Policy Salon depends on ongoing support from participants to cover the costs of refreshments, so we encourage you to enroll in the World Policy Institute Membership Program.  The membership enrollment period is now open for the term ending June 30, 2015. 

To register, please email by June 10 with your name and affiliation. 

Payments can be made online via PayPal HERE

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Be sure to write "World Policy Salon" on the memo line, and include your return address so that we can send you a receipt.

To ensure that everyone present has a chance to actively engage in the discussion, we are intentionally limiting the number of participants. World Policy Salon events are by invitation only, and invitations are not transferable. If you would like to bring a guest, please let us know in advance (including the person's name, affiliation, and email) and we will do our very best to accommodate them.

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[Photo courtesy of Who is Dayani Cristal?]



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