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El Velador

Not Rated In Theaters 06/15/2012 , 72min.
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David Fear
Time Out New York
Filtering the fallout of Mexico's drug wars through the eyes of one stoic security guard, documentarian Natalia Almada (El General) avoids the head-on journalistic approach and emerges with something far more impressive: a piece of lyrical, sideways social reportage that still connects an astounding number of dots. Full Review
Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
El Velador still sharply conveys what life is like in a traumatized nation. Full Review
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
El Velador doesn't pass judgment or manipulate emotionally, instead choosing simply to consider the arduousness of survival in a land wracked by slaughter. Full Review
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
The Mexican drug cartels have inspired countless films, but never one as final as Natalia Almada's documentary El Velador. Full Review
Stephen Holden
The New York Times
Natalia Almada's eloquent documentary portrait of a sprawling graveyard in Culiacán, Mexico, in the northwestern state of Sinaloa. The rapidly expanding cemetery has become the burial ground of choice for the country's slain drug lords. Full Review

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