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Natalia Almada 

When: Thu., Jan. 26 2012
Natalia Almada’s Mexican roots are tangled deep in the country’s history through her great-grandfather Plutarco Elias Calles’ presidency and dictatorship of Mexico following the country’s revolution. The story of that man was told in Almada’s acclaimed film El General, which screened earlier this week as part of Watkins’ retrospective of the filmmaker’s work. Originally a photographer, Almada makes award-winning movies that contextualize personal stories within the broader social and cultural framework that defines — and obscures — lives lived on the other side of the Mexican border. Tonight’s screening of El Velador (The Night Watchman) tells a tale about violence without violence, following a security guard and a guardian angel on their rounds at a mausoleum that holds the remains of some of Mexico’s most ferocious drug kingpins.
— Joe Nolan


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