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El Velador (The Night Watchman)
Visit the film’s website to learn more about the film, the filmmaker and upcoming screenings.

Mexico's Drug Wars

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

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

YouTube Videos
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.)





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