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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

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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.

September 27, 2012 | Full Review…

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.

July 26, 2012 | Full Review…

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

July 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

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

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

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

June 12, 2012

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