The highlight of the Buffalo Humanities Festival was the reading and on-stage interview (with David Schmid) of the very funny and engaging Gary Shteyngart. Shteyngart read from his memoir, Little Failure.
Thursday, September 25, 5:00-7:00pm
Film Screening: Who is Dayani Cristal? (2013), directed by Marc Silver, starring Gael García Bernal
Location: Screening Room, 112 Center for the Arts, UB North Campus
Introduction: Dr. Tanya Shilina-Conte, UB Department of Media Study
Post-screening Discussion: Professor Joseph Conte, UB Department of English
Free and open to the public
Synopsis: August 3, 2010, Pima County, Arizona. Deep in the sun-blistered Sonora desert, 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? Marc Silver’s masterful documentary assembles the answers to these questions using beautifully realized dramatic sequences with famed actor Gael García Bernal. Who Is Dayani Cristal? tells the story of one migrant who found himself in that deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death” and how one life becomes testimony to the tragic results of the U.S. war on immigration.