Kino Lorber lands “Who is Dayani Cristal?’

New York-based distributor Kino Lorber has picked up the U.S. rights to Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal's doc Who Is Dayani Cristal? (pictured).
November 12, 2013

New York-based distributor Kino Lorber has picked up the U.S. rights to Marc Silver and Gael Garcia Bernal’s doc Who Is Dayani Cristal?

The feature-length documentary (pictured above) was produced by London-based Pulse Films and Mexican prodco Canana Films, and looks at the story of a migrant worker who died in the Arizona desert in an area known as the “corridor of death.”

Who is Dayani Cristal?  follows forensic examiners in the quest to find out how the man died and who he was, with Bernal playing the role of titular character alongside migrant travelers.

The doc will have a theatrical release in the U.S. in the spring of 2014. The deal was negotiated by Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and VP Elizabeth Sheldon, and Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment.

“It’s hard to hold back the tears in this wrenching testament of a film,” said Lorber. “Clichés about the political meeting the personal evaporate as we share Gael’s journey on the trail of human tragedy, wrought by broken government policy and racial paranoia.”

‘We’re thrilled to be working with Kino Lorber,” added Thomas Benski, CEO of Pulse Films. “They have an incredible track record of delivering the very best and most innovative documentaries to wide audiences in the United States.”

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