Links & Books

FILM-RELATED WEBSITE

El Velador (The Night Watchman)

Visit the film’s website to learn more about the film, the filmmaker and upcoming screenings.

POV: Al Otro Lado

The website for one of filmmaker Natalia Almada’s previous films includes background on Sinaloa in both English and Spanish.

RESOURCES

Mexico’s Drug Wars

Los Angeles Times: Mexico Under Siege
This page offers a multimedia summary of Los Angeles Times coverage of the Mexican drug war since 2008, including pictures, video and a multimedia map.

PBS FRONTLINE: “The Place Mexico’s Drug Kingpins Call Home”
This article includes information on drug trafficking in Sinaloa, the place featured in El Velador (The Night Watchman).

BBC: “Mexico Arrests Senior Sinaloa Drugs Cartel Suspect”
This article includes information on drug trafficking in Sinaloa, the place featured in El Velador (The Night Watchman).

Cemetaries and Rituals

Video 1: This video of another cemetery in Sinaloa provides a point of
comparison for the mausoleums in the film.

Video 2: This news story (in Spanish) about “narcotombs” provides a
point of contrast for the style of storytelling used in the film.

Wyoming Funeral Directors Association: History of Funeral Customs
A page from this association’s website offers a general overview of burial practices in various time periods and cultures.

Thinkquest: Death
Teachers may be interested in this collection of student projects related to death and burial rituals. (Registration is required to access the website.)