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Courtesy of Icarus Films

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet
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Directed by Natalia Almada

2011, in Spanish with English subtitles


72 minutes




The Night Watchman / El Velador

Natalia Almada presented her debut film, Al otro lado, at the MFAH during the inaugural Latin Wave festival in 2005. Since then her honors have included a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Alpert Award, and the Sundance Documentary Directing Award (for El general). She continues to explore contemporary Mexico in this, her latest film, which premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. The camera accompanies Martin on his night shift as watchman to the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords. In the labyrinthine cemetery, the documentary reminds audiences how, in the turmoil of Mexico’s bloodiest conflict since the Revolution, ordinary life persists. 

"El Velador / The Night  Watchman is cinema in a state of perfection." –Charles Mudede, The Stranger

​Stay for a Q & A (via Skype) with director Natalia Almada after the Thursday, August 2, screening!

Natalia Almada was born in Mexico. Her directing credits include ALL WATER HAS A PERFECT MEMORY, an internationally recognized experimental short, and AL OTRO LADO, an award-winning feature documentary about immigration and drug trafficking. Almada’s work has screened at Sundance, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Biennial as well as on ARTE and PBS. She is a 2008 Guggenheim fellow and has received support from Creative Capital, the Sundance Institute, and the MacDowell Colony, among others. She shares her time between Mexico and Brooklyn.