Reviews

Jul 26, 2012
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 25, 2012
After this experience, everything else seems trivial. There's nothing like death to make further discussion unnecessary.
Jun 13, 2012
Natalia Almada's eloquent documentary portrait of a sprawling graveyard in Culiacn, Mexico, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa
Jun 12, 2012
A piece of lyrical, sideways social reportage that still connects an astounding number of dots.
Jun 12, 2012
Sharply conveys what life is like in a traumatized nation.
Jun 22, 2011
Almada's attention to sound-the wind blowing across the foliage creates immediate, almost spiritual engagement with her milieu and its inhabitants.
Jun 22, 2011
This is observational filmmaking, with almost no talking heads or title cards or interviews with the subjects to clue us in on people's backstories or thoughts or feelings.
Jun 7, 2011
Despite its brief running time, enticing title and sociologically rich subject matter, The Night Watchman (El Velador) overstays its welcome.
Jun 7, 2011
An exquisite study of a rapidly expanding cemetery at the center of Mexico's drug wars.