About El Velador (The Night Watchman)

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Natalia Almada is scheduled to be present. El Velador broaches the theme of drug trafficking, albeit from a distinct perspective: that of a cemetery night watchman in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Without explicitly showing it, the film both underscores and obscures the pervasiveness of drug violence by contrasting radio news reports of shootouts with austere visual sequences depicting the watchman’s daily life. Traces of drug violence are coupled with a construction boom of opulent mausoleums that often rival the size of the homes of the workers who build them. (2K DCP presentation)

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