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Award-winning director Natalia Almada (Al Otro Lado, POV 2006; El General, POV 2010) returns with a beautiful and mesmerizing new film. From dusk to dawn, El Velador (The Night Watchman) accompanies Martin, a guard who watches over the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico's most notorious drug lords. In the labyrinth of the cemetery, this film about violence without violence reminds us that, amid the turmoil of a drug war that has claimed more than 50,000 lives, ordinary existence persists in Mexico and quietly defies the dead. Official Selection, 2011 Cannes Directors' Fortnight and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. A co-production of Altamura Films, Latino Public Broadcasting and American Documentary | POV, with funding by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. A co-presentation with Latino Public Broadcasting.

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