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Who is Dayani Cristal?

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Who is Dayani Cristal?

Who is Dayani Cristal?

Following a team of dedicated staff from the Pima County Morgue in Arizona, director Marc Silver seeks to answer these questions and give this anonymous man an identity. As the forensic investigation unfolds, Mexican actor and activist Gael Garcia Bernalretraces this man’s steps along the migrant trail in Central America. In an effort to understand what it must have felt like to make 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 we travel north, these voices from the other side of the border wall give us a rare insight into the human stories which are so often ignored in the immigration debate.

Who is Dayani Cristal? tells the story of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death” and shows how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration. As the real-life drama unfolds we see this John Doe, denied an identity at his point of death, become a living and breathing human being with an important life story.

Winner of the Sundance 2013 Cinematography award and nominated in the World Documentary Competition, “Who is Dayani Cristal?” has been described by The Hollywood Reporter as “A deeply moving doc [which] finds a new way of making the immigration debate personal.”

More in the Official Website Who is Dayani Cristal?

Who is Dayani Cristal?

 

Elysium (2013) Review

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Elysium: Wagner Moura and Matt Damon

Elysium: Wagner Moura and Matt Damon

Written, co-produced and directed by Neill Blomkamp, Elysium means a place or condition of ideal happiness. The movie happens in 2154 but it is an obvious metaphor for life on Earth nowadays. It is so obvious that when the director was asked about his science fiction, he answered “No, no, no. This isn’t science fiction. This is today. This is now.” – of course. All actors are perfect for their characters, including Matt Damon, Judie Foster, Diego Luna, Alice Braga, Sharlto Copley, and – specially – the Brazilian Wagner Moura is brilliant as Spider.

Wealthy people with freedom: access to health and everything else in the orbital community known as Elysium, miles away from our planet. All the others, the people on Earth, are not allowed to enter Elysium as well as no access to anything else: freedom, health, etc. Moreover, Elysium is seen from people on Earth and it looks like a star. If an Elysium citizen gets sick, he/she has immediately access to treatment while the others, if they get sick, will die knowing that if there were Elysium’s citizens they would be cured in a matter of seconds. That is exactly how almost all nations are organized nowadays. The director pays special attention to the USA, focusing on immigration and deportation aspects, the health care system, the inequality and its social aspects, the inexistent freedom of ordinary people, the technology and the lack of jobs, the government illegal actions, corrupted politicians, etc.

Escrito, co-produzido e dirigido por Neill Blomkamp, Elysium significa um lugar ou condição de felicidade ideal. O filme acontece em 2154, mas é uma metáfora óbvia para a vida de hoje na Terra. É tão óbvio que, ao ser questionado sobre sua ficção científica, o diretor respondeu: “Não, não, não. Isto não é ficção científica. Isto é hoje. Isto é agora.” – É claro. Todos os atores são perfeitos para seus personagens que inclui Matt Damon, Judie Foster, Diego Luna, Alice Braga, Sharlto Copley, e – especialmente – o brasileiro Wagner Moura que está brilhante como Spider.

As pessoas ricas e com liberdade: tem acesso à saúde e tudo o mais na comunidade orbital conhecida como Elysium, a quilômetros de distância do nosso planeta. Todos os outros, as pessoas na Terra, não são autorizados a entrar Elysium, bem como não têm acesso a qualquer outra coisa: liberdade, saúde, etc.  Além disso, Elysium pode ser visto pelas pessoas na Terra e se parece com uma estrela, um lugar perfeito. Se um cidadão de Elysium fica doente, ele/ela tem acesso imediato à tratamento, enquanto os outros, se ficarem doentes, vão morrer sabendo que se fossem cidadãos de Elysium seriam curados em questão de segundos. Esse cenário é muito próximo da atual realidade de quase todos os países no planeta. O diretor dá atenção especial para os EUA, enfocando aspectos de imigração e deportação, o sistema de saúde, a desigualdade e os seus aspectos sociais, a liberdade inexistente de pessoas comuns, a tecnologia e a falta de empregos, as ações ilegais do governo, os políticos corruptos, etc.

From the Right Side: Wagner Moura, Diego Luna and Alice Braga with other actors and Matt Damon -  Elysium.

From Left: Wagner Moura, Diego Luna and Alice Braga with other actors and Matt Damon – Elysium.