El Velador/The Night Watchman. 2011. Mexico/USA. Directed by Natalia Almada

Natalia Almada’s astonishing new film takes us to a vast cemetery where notorious drug lords sleep. From dusk to dawn, Martin, the night watchman, guards this labyrinthine graveyard on the Mexican border. As young widows sweep the marble floors of elaborate crypts, luxurious cars glide silently between tombs, and poor laborers construct lavish new mausoleums. This city of the dead sits at the intersection between ordinary life and the violent conflict of Mexico’s drug wars, which have already claimed over 60,000 lives.

Organized by Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film.

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