Pulse announces new Gael Garcia Bernal drama-doc

Drama documentary Who is Dayani Crystal? is the latest project to emerge out of cross-platform initiative Resist, created by integrated content company Pulse, filmmaker Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal's prodco Canana Films.
February 14, 2011

Drama documentary Who is Dayani Crystal? is the latest project to emerge out of cross-platform initiative Resist, created by UK-based, integrated content company Pulse, filmmaker Marc Silver and Gael García Bernal’s prodco Canana Films.

Resist uses film and the Web to inspire people to strengthen social movements and includes short films The Invisibles and Ahead of the Game.

Pulse has received funding from the Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation for Who is Dayani Crystal? The film will fuse together drama, with Bernal in an acting role, and documentary to tell the story of an anonymous body found in the Arizona desert with the only identifying feature being a tattoo reading ‘Dayani Cristal’.

In a statement, Thomas Benski, Pulse MD and producer said, “Who Is Dayani Cristal? is a compelling and powerful true-life story, and an important humanitarian film that will prompt audiences to reconsider the impact of government policies on the lives of millions of people all over the world.”

He also adds that the film is Pulse’s biggest project to date.

Marc Silver, director and producer, Silver Lining Films said: “By unravelling the mystery of one unidentified body found in the desert of Arizona, I hope to humanise the debate on immigration reform, the USA/Mexico border wall, and divisions between rich and poor all over the world.”

Who is Dayani Cristal? is directed by Marc Silver, and is produced by Thomas Benski and Lucas Ochoa for Pulse Films, Marc Silver for Silver Lining Films and Gael García Bernal for Canana Films.  The film is shooting in February and is due for delivery at the end of 2011.

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