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El Velador

Fortnight 2011, Feature film, 1h12


From dusk to dawn El Velador accompanies Martin, the guardian angel who, night after night, watches over the extravagant mausoleums of Mexico’s most notorious Drug Lords. In the labyrinth of the narco-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.
Natalia Almada has poised her camera to film the cemetery where the  mausoleums of the deceased heads of the drug cartels tower over the tombs of their victims. Consciously avoiding shocking images, the director handles the theme of daily violence in Mexico in this very polished and personal film.
Javier Martin, selection commitee


Natalia Almada

Director of El General (2009 Sundance Documentary Directing Award), Al Otro Lado (2005 Tribeca Film Festival, Whitney Biennial) and All Water Has a Perfect Memory (2002 Sundance Film Festival, 2003 Best Documentary Short, Tribeca). Almada lives in Mexico City and New York.

Natalia Almada

Alejandro De Icaza

Natalia Almada


Altamura Films
Plaza Luis Cabrera 5, #501
Colonia Roma?
06700 Mexico – Mexique?
Tél : +52 55 5207 4401

Productions associées / Associate producers

Tita Production (France)?
Les Films d’ici (France)


POV (États-Unis)

Ventes à l’étranger / Foreign sales

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Presse / press

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Title in Original Version : Le Veilleur de nuit / The Night Watchman