An Invitation to Use the "Who Is Dayani Cristal?" Resources






(This post was originally published at Huffington Post Impact.)

I have been honored to serve as the social impact director and transmedia producer for the Sundance award-winning documentary film, Who is Dayani Cristal?.  To support advocates' work in migrants’ rights and immigration policy, which this film explores, the social impact campaign team developed a number of social impact tools which are available for free for use in their own work.

Who is Dayani Cristal? is an intimate examination of the journey of one migrant who perished in the Arizona desert, far from his native Honduras, with no real identification but a name tattooed over his heart. The documentary was produced by and features Gael Garcia Bernal. The film weaves together real-life attempts to identify the migrant's body with Bernal's retracing of the journey he would have most likely taken through the "corridor del muerte" to reach the U.S. with hopes of improving the lives of his family.

Employing a series of digital tools with interactive features, including the ability of migrants to post their own border stories on the project's website, Who Is Dayani Cristal drives audiences moved by the story to delve deeper into and take action on the issues that drive migrants to brave perilous conditions in order to reach the U.S.  The team has already begun having impact with the campaign and tools. We believe you can extend the impact of our tools and that we can further support the movement for humanitarian treatment of migrants and humane policy by offering the tools to you for your own work.

Below are several resources for viewers and facilitators to use in classroom syllabi, community screenings or small group discussions:

EBOOK





Explore the complex issues surrounding migration in greater detail with the Who is Dayani Cristal interactive ebook (via iTunes or PDF).

This interactive book extends the story to the stories of many, and to analysis of the systemic issues that impact their journeys,  providing readers a deeper investigation into policy frameworks that affect the lives of migrants and border communities such as those found in Who Is Dayani Cristal?


LEARN 

(On the Who is Dayani Cristal? website)

which includes sections on: 



Most migrants from Central America leave their homes because they simply have no other choice. There is little opportunity in their home countries for income or economic security, limited access to basic services or education, little hope of advancement – and as Dr. Bruce Anderson says, “we are dangling the carrot” of jobs in the US. A cross-border, cross-sector effort to work towards economic sustainability and access to services and education is essential to providing the viable choices to would-be migrants to stay home if they so choose.

Resources:
+ Video shorts for discussion (i.e. "DVD extras or outtakes from the film, each under three minutes)
+ Links to further article, information and reports
+ Photos from the project
+ EssayWhy do people leave their homes and travel north to the US-Mexico border? by Mario Bronfman, Ford Foundation




The US-Mexico border has become one of the most dangerous places on earth for people traveling on foot. At this point, it is at its most militarized in US history. The need for a secure border has become a condition of comprehensive immigration policy. The need for the US to adhere to a border policy that doesn’t result in avoidable human deaths is dire.

Resources:
+ Video shorts for discussion (i.e. "DVD extras or outtakes from the film, each under three minutes)
+ Photos from the project
+ Links to further article, information and reports
+ Essay: A Humane Border by Dan Martínez, George Washington University

Migrants crossing over the US-Mexico border by foot often carry no identification or carry false papers to avoid endangering themselves of their families. If a migrant dies and is found on the US side of the border, it becomes the responsibility of border counties to investigate identity.

Resources:
+ Video shorts for discussion (i.e. "DVD extras or outtakes from the film, each under three minutes)
+ Photos from the project
+ Links to further article, information and reports
+ Essay: Naming the Dead by Robin Reineke, the Colibri Center for Human Rights



Under current US policy, the number of immigrant detentions and deportations has skyrocketed. Migrants who are apprehended are detained without representation or contact with their families, sometimes for weeks and months.

Resources:
+ Video shorts for discussion (i.e. "DVD extras or outtakes from the film, each under three minutes)
+ Photos from the project
+ Links to further article, information and reports
+ Essay: 2:00 A.M. in Matamoros: Dangerous Deportations along the US-Mexico Border by Maureen Meyer, WOLA



“They steal our jobs.” The story about migrants and immigrants we often tell ourselves is that immigration leads to job loss for Americans. But political and economic experts, regardless of ideological leanings, have acknowledged this is simply a myth.

Resources:
+ Video shorts for discussion (i.e. "DVD extras or outtakes from the film, each under three minutes
+ Photos from the project
+ Links to further article, information and reports
+ Essay: Coming to America: Land of Opportunity and Obstacles by the National Council of La Raza



The journey from Central America through Mexico to the US border is the most dangerous foot journey in the world. Migrants can fall prey to illness, dehydration, exposure, injury, accident, coyotes, drug cartels, smugglers, traffickers, and violence.

Resources:
+ Video shorts for discussion (i.e. "DVD extras or outtakes from the film, each under three minutes
+ Photos from the project
+ Links to further article, information and reports
+ Essay: Safety through Mexico by Padre Alejandro Solalinde, Ixtepec Shelter

Dilcy Yohan’s story is not the only one. Share your own stories, thoughts, and prayers. We’ll attach them to the US–Mexico border wall.



There are people working to support migrants at every stage of their journey. They need your help.

And we have worked with our NGO partners to set up a number of ways for you to support their work and take action on the issues that will create positive change.




This page will allow you to file a missing person report with the Colibrí Center for Human Rights. All information collected in this form is confidential and all precaution will be taken to maintain your privacy. Colibrí will not release names, phone numbers, or identifiable information to outside agencies without your permission. The Colibrí Center for Human Rights is not a law enforcement entity. They collect information only to assist families searching for a missing loved one.




This toolkit is designed to give you the tools to join our campaign. Each of the toolkit's modules stands on its own and can be used when implementing a specific type of event for various audiences. 

+ Plan a theatrical or community screening.
+ Bring the film to your local theater by planning a “theatrical-on-demand” Gathr® screening
+ Facilitate a discussion or post-screening Q+A with: General audiences, Faith-based audiences, Academic audiences, Advocacy groups, Mobilize your audiences to take action.

Download the PDF document at the bottom of the website's Screenings page.

"Unhashtagable?"

I wrote a piece with the Regarding Humanity team, asking if there are some atrocities which are simply "unhastagable."  You can find the piece on the Huffington Post here.

"Priya's Shakti" Receives a TFI New Media Fund Grant

The "Priya's Shakti" team is honored to have been awarded a Tribeca Film Institute New Media Grant. Read more about the Fund and the other amazing grantees here.

Boehm Media Fellowship at Opportunity Collaboration

I'm excited to have been named a Boehm Media Fellow at Opportunity Collaboration. More information about it is at this link.


StoryForward Podcast #49: Innovations in Storytelling and Community-Building

To anyone interested in innovations in storytelling / digital art / audience engagement / media, this is a really great listen (click on the heading below): 

Storyforward049: CONNECTING TO AUDIENCES–BIRTH OF A HYPHEN-NATION

I was privileged to be at the Forward Slash Story retreat -- at the invitation of Lance Weiler and Christy Dena-- which quite honestly is one of the best professional retreats I've ever attended. What made it even better was one, the fact that Steve Peters had the foresight to capture our weekend's discussions (among an amazing set of storytellers who are listed at the site) for public discussion. And two, there was an actual shared tangible outcome from the retreat. Listen through to the end to hear about our shared commitment to launch a festival to connect wider audiences to these new, exciting, emergent forms. Enjoy...


The "Who Is Dayani Cristal?" Website is Live




The new Who Is Dayani Cristal? website is now launched!

It's a pleasure to have worked with our social impact team --  Marc Silver, Sebastian Barrera, Tim Harbour -- our NGO partners, and the community on this.

The website aims to be a resource for our NGO partners and communities that resonates with them and is actionable in their own work, individually and collectively. Through layered storytelling from migrants, people in sending communities, and professionals working to change the system, we hope to engage audiences in a deeper understanding of the systemic issues migrants face and of the “pull/push” factors that make migration the only viable economic choice for many. The site provides a way to donate to our partner organizations, and the means for deeper engagement, advocacy, and education on the issues.

Explore it, take action, and please share it: www.whoisdayanicristal.com .




The Narrative Design Canvas

A few years ago, I took a master class in Toronto with Alex Osterwalder, the visionary author of Business Model Generation and creator of the the Business Model Canvas, to learn how to apply his canvas to organizational and project design. After the class, I spoke with Alex and with his permission, reimagined the canvas into one with fields particular to the use of social impact media for a campaign, project, or organizational program.

The result was the project model canvas for narrative design for social impact below. The canvas is a strategic planning tool that allows you to lay out on one page the internal considerations for the design of your narrative-based project for social impact.

True to Alex's spirit, my version of his canvas has been freely available to anyone who requested it, but under the demands of my task list, I had never gotten around to releasing it for direct download. Rectifying that oversight now, here it is below and also available at SlideShare.

You're free to Share and Remix the Canvas. This canvas and Alex's original are licensed as creative commons, so enjoy them for free and for whatever you like. For this canvas, just reference www.linasrivastava.com and businessmodelgeneration.com after each use. For Alex's, reference businesmodelgeneration.com only. And share your work for free for others under a similar license.

Please let me know how it works for you.