Natalia Almada’s artful documentary film El Velador follows Martin as he looks after “the extravagant mausoleums of Mexico’s most notorious Drug Lords” and, when needed, picks up severed heads left as warnings.
Since December of 2007, more than 30,000 people (most under 30) were murdered in Mexico’s drug wars. Set in a narco-cemetery, this is a “film about violence without violence” and the victims, the guilty, the dead and their watchmen.
Check out the El Velador site for meditative clips. The film screens as part of the New Directors, New Films program Sunday, March 27 at 7pm at the MoMA and Tuesday, March 29 at 8:30pm at the Film Society of Lincoln Center (Walter Reade Theater).