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From dusk to dawn, a guard watches over the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords.

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Natalia Almada describes the conception of El Velador, her aesthetic choices, and her creative production process which culminated in her visually striking and powerful film.

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Every night, Martin watches over the mausoleums of some of Mexico's most notorious drug lords in Los Jardines del Humaya cemetary.

  • Updated on April 17, 2014

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Film Information

El Velador (The Night Watchman) (60 min.)

Premiere Date: September 27, 2012

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Filmmaker: Natalia Almada Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Press Release - Spanish | Critical Acclaim

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Critical Acclaim

An unsettlingly quiet, even lyrical film about a world made and unmade by violence.”

— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

The Mexican drug cartels have inspired countless films, but never one as final as Natalia Almada’s El Velador. After this experience, everything else seems trivial.”

— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

[A] hypnotically detailed feature documentary depiction of life and death.”

— Bruce Bennett, The Wall Street Journal

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