El Velador (2012)


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From dusk to dawn El Velador accompanies Martin, the guardian angel whom, night after night, 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 how, in the turmoil of Mexico's bloodiest conflict since the Revolution, ordinary life persists and quietly defies the dead. -- (C) Official Site


Critic Reviews for El Velador

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The artful compositions tend to make the subject matter seem vaguely unreal; Almada's true subject isn't the drug war itself but the apathy of outside spectators.

Jul 26, 2012 | Full Review…

After this experience, everything else seems trivial. There's nothing like death to make further discussion unnecessary.

Jul 25, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Natalia Almada's eloquent documentary portrait of a sprawling graveyard in Culiacán, Mexico, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa

Jun 13, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A piece of lyrical, sideways social reportage that still connects an astounding number of dots.

Jun 12, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Sharply conveys what life is like in a traumatized nation.

Jun 12, 2012

An exquisite study of a rapidly expanding cemetery at the center of Mexico's drug wars.

Jun 7, 2011 | Full Review…
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