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2011 | Color | 72 min

El Velador follows Martin, a cemetery night watchman as he keeps vigil over several extraordinary mausoleums at a cemetery in Sinaloa state. This haunting film reminds us that even today, during the turmoil of Mexico´s bloodiest conflict since the revolution, ordinary life persists. A film about violence without violence.

Country: México, Estados Unidos
Direction: Almada; Natalia
Production: Almada; Natalia
Photography: Almada; Natalia
Sound: de Icaza; Alejandro
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Participation year at FICM: 2011

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Doña Flor has worked in the same government office all her life. To others, she is an invisible, lifeless bureaucrat. Inspired by Hannah Arendt’s idea that bureaucracy is one of the worst forms of violence, Todo lo demás explores the interior life of Doña Flor as she attempts to resurface. 

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