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Bernal hits Sundance to share tragic border story

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm •  Published: January 18, 2013

"We hear about this or we see it from a distance, but it's very rare you get to see it from firsthand experience," Bernal told the film's audience after a Friday screening, the day after it premiered as part of the 11-day festival's opening-night lineup.

The film reveals the story of a man with a wife and three young children, a hard worker who toiled in corn and bean fields but had made repeated trips across the border to find better work to support his family.

The documentary also captures a cruel irony: once it's been identified, the body is sent by plane back home at the Honduran government's expense, a trip of a few hours compared to the 58-day trek it took to reach Arizona.

"Who Is Dayani Cristal?" is one of 16 entries in the 11-day festival's world documentary competition.