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Acclaimed filmmaker Natalia Almada, whose 'El General' and 'Al Otro Lado' both premiered on POV, talks about the making of her new documentary 'El Velador.' She describes the conception of the film, her aesthetic choices, and her creative production process which culminated in a visually beautiful, cinematic film about violence without any violence in it.
Major funding for POV is provided by PBS, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Bertha Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, National Endowment for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, with special support from The Fledgling Fund.
From dusk to dawn, 'El Velador' accompanies Martin, a guard who 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 that, amid the turmoil of a drug war that has claimed more than 50,000 lives, ordinary existence persists in Mexico and quietly defies the dead.
To expand the subject matter of her film 'El Velador,' filmmaker Natalia Almada gathered a collection of texts, each offering a different point of view or sensibility, or expertise noting that the texts are “not essays about the film but rather inspired by the place, Jardines del Humaya.”
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