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
Art House & International , Documentary , Drama , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for El Velador

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

An eerie look at the human cost of Mexico's drug wars. Filmmaker Natalia Almada turns her lens on a narco-cemetery in Culiacan, the capital of crime-ridden Sinaloa.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

Full Review… | July 26, 2012
Chicago Reader
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After this experience, everything else seems trivial. There's nothing like death to make further discussion unnecessary.

Full Review… | July 25, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
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Natalia Almada's eloquent documentary portrait of a sprawling graveyard in Culiacán, Mexico, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa

Full Review… | June 13, 2012
New York Times
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A piece of lyrical, sideways social reportage that still connects an astounding number of dots.

Full Review… | June 12, 2012
Time Out
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Sharply conveys what life is like in a traumatized nation.

June 12, 2012
Village Voice
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