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El Velador

Martin, the night watchman, arrives with the setting sun in his rumbling blue Chevrolet. The cemetery mascots, EI Negro y La Negra, chase his truck down the road and greet him with wagging tails. The sound of construction fades away as the daytime workers leave and Martin is left alone, looking out over the skyline of mausoleums where Mexico's most notorious drug lords lie at rest. Crosses and steel construction bars pierce the purple and pink sky. As night descends luxurious cars fill the dirt roads. Mercedes, a sexy young widow, arrives with her little girl in a pristine white Audi. A portrait of her husband, a corrupt policeman holding a machine gun, watches over them as they sweep and mop the shiny marble floors. The coconut vendor's radio blasts a gory list of the day's murders: "Culiacán has become a war zone." The buzz of cicadas fills the air with anticipation. Through Martin's vigilant eyes we watch time pass in this place where time stands still.

Other Titles
Mausoleets vokter, The Night Watchman
Running Time
1 hours 12 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
Documentary
Director
Natalia Almada
Country
Mexico
Year
2011
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «El Velador» (22)

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Angela

This is an important film because it gets you in the way of the truth. For those who don't know, the government of the day was a royalist regime, a group of personalities led by King Leopold. It's hard to know where to start when you see the character assassination, threats of assassination, the Catholic Church trying to take over the country and the rituals of the dead. The film is a powerful visual representation of the human subjectivity, the desire for control, and the evolution of the human psyche. But it's only a fraction of the truth. While the King was in power, he had the power to commit millions of atrocities, with children being used as human shields. The film shows how human society began as a series of social constructs based on murder, and how people began to treat one another as they wished. The film is pretty accurate, with many facts that were omitted from the film, but it's worth seeing.

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Beverly G.

It's only a very small minority who describe it as a 'documentary' - that is, they define it as a 'documentary' when it's not. This film is not a documentary in the sense of the film that has the power to make you think about the world around you, but rather a documentary that gives you a clear view of what has gone on in the US during the last decade, while at the same time providing all the background to get you up to speed with the events that took place during that decade. All in all, this is one of the most interesting films I've ever seen - if you like documentaries you should definitely check this out. I can't think of a single point I disagree with, because there were many. In some ways it's very similar to documentaries on the topic of the American War in Iraq, which are some of the most important in this country (The New York Times recently made a documentary on the Iraq War, and then made a follow-up one on the Afghan War). I'm in no way saying this is the most important documentary of the century, but I can't really think of a film that's more important than this one. There's a lot of things I can't talk about, because they would spoil the film (because they're spoilers), but there's definitely something here to talk about, and I think that's why this is so special. I'm not saying this is a masterpiece, but it is a very thought-provoking film that would likely be able to have a profound effect on anyone who watches it. If you're going to watch this movie, please make sure you watch it in the dark. It will be impossible to see everything you want to, and so much will be missed. (It's very difficult to see much if you watch it in a dark room, which is why I gave it a 9.)

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Doris W.

After seeing this movie I was instantly hooked on Mexican food. Like others I've already tried many different foods, and to me this is the best in a long time. This movie is what I would call a very well done documentary on Mexican food. The food looks so authentic and the ingredients are authentic. The cooking is done as if it were real, making you want to know what is going on in the kitchen. The students in the film show how food can be done the way it was in a family restaurant. Some people may say that if the food isn't good or has too much salt then it doesn't really taste like Mexican food, but I would say that if you want something good and authentic that will have you eating your food over and over and over again, then go see this movie. It's not a documentary about Mexican food, it's a documentary about food, but it is more than just food, it is something so many people have missed out on because of American food companies and marketers and their use of celebrity and cheap products. It will be hard for you to go to the grocery store without seeing ads for brands, so you might as well see it, or you'll be missing out on something as simple as the story of the school cafeteria. Food can have such a huge impact on people and in the end, the food for today, will still be the food of tomorrow.

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Lori

You may think the film was bad, or you may think it was excellent. I enjoyed the film. I had a great time watching it. It was interesting to see where the film got it's name. I enjoyed the geographical and historical background of the town, and of the period. I also found the film pretty fascinating to see. The way the government shows up in the film was quite interesting. You'll also see some of the specific event that caused the conflict, and that brought the action there. Overall, the film was interesting and interesting. I think if you're into European history, and of the Spanish Civil War, then you may like the film. I recommend this film to anyone who likes history and thought the film was quite interesting.

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Michael

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance is a documentary about the notorious Navy officer, Ed Murrow (Martin Sheen) who broke into the Pentagon in 1948 and broadcast the news that the president of the United States, Harry S. Truman (William H. Macy), had been shot in the head by a communist agent, Joe Stinger (Ted Danson). Murrow became the most famous journalist in the country and won an award for his work. The documentary is also a profile of Murrow's children, who in turn became major players in the news business. The viewer gets the sense that Murrow was a narcissist who never felt he was out of the media limelight. When Murrow's popularity declined, he went into exile in Europe. In 1979, Murrow moved to the United States, and lived in New York City, where he eventually died. The documentary is an hour and fifteen minutes long, and focuses on his work during the 1950s. The general reception to Murrow's work was mostly positive and he was admired by both liberals and conservatives. Murrow eventually became a one-time TV personality, but he also continued to work for the Daily News. In the documentary, Murrow gives a number of comments about his role as a journalist and what he saw as his unique qualities, such as his ability to draw both sides of an issue. He also often drew strong personal opposition to his tactics and was often publicly challenged. One of Murrow's most famous interviews was with communist Senator Joseph McCarthy (Johnny Carson), who accused him of being a communist. Murrow continued to criticize McCarthy during the Cold War era. In the late 1970s, Murrow became a target of a Senate investigation for being an unfriendly reporter. The documentary is mostly a profile of Murrow, his family, and his fellow journalists. There are moments where it does reveal his personal life, but the focus is largely on Murrow and his work. This is a fascinating documentary that should be a cornerstone of any American history class. The documentary is narrated by Martin Sheen, who portrays Murrow.

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Howard

The documentary short film 'Dirty Deeds' has already won a number of awards including Best Feature Film at the Australian Film and Television Awards, and it's likely to be a surprise to no-one that this first-time feature film, which premiered at last year's Sundance Festival, has received a strong selection of positive reactions from film festivals and critics alike. The film is the work of award-winning director John Hockenberry, a forty-year veteran of the Sundance Film Festival. Hockenberry is a veteran of film festival ceremonies, having been involved in films including 'Basic Instinct' and 'The Lobster' and has written scripts for numerous international films, including 'City of God' and 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'. In recent years, Hockenberry has been more known for his documentaries, a genre he has adapted to in a variety of genres: 'Bad Santa', 'Cobra', and 'Rocks' (pictured above). 'Dirty Deeds' is Hockenberry's first film. In it, he shows how a naive, rich white male couple takes advantage of the vulnerable people of a poor African country in order to generate income for themselves and their children. While the majority of the film is shot in southern California, it is also an extended documentary filmed in Haiti. Hockenberry also gets into interesting territory by making the film accessible to the wide audience. He offers the viewer easy access to all of the information about the story and gives the audience the chance to enjoy the documentary without having to be a native of the area they are going to see it in. I thoroughly enjoyed this film. It's entertaining and educational, and it's rare to find a first-time feature film that can be very entertaining and educational at the same time. For more information about this film, please visit: http://www.johnhockenberry.com/dirty.htm

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John K.

The idealistic and ambitious young man, El Dorado, simply says: "Stop! Stop the robbery!". His name is Pablo "Cholo" Rodriguez, and he lives on the gritty outskirts of La Plata, Colombia, in a house which is practically a day's walk from the city. His father, Julio Garcia, who lives near the family's ranch, believes the ranch is going to be taken by the same drug traffickers as the banks. They all use this house to make their deal. All day long, they are dealing, making the very profitable trade. But this must stop. They all want to make money, but only one is in control. The dealer gets the big commission and lives off the money, but the rest of the family must pay a higher price. This is all part of Pablo's way of life. This is a great story about a real family. The family is torn between the greed of those who sell drugs and the love of their children. The house itself was owned by an elderly couple who have lived in the house for over 40 years. But they have lost it to drug traffickers and are planning on selling it. Pablo has the house and the children have the dream of having a future. They want to start a business. The family has a story of poverty and alcoholism. In reality, there are many stories like this, but none of them are this extreme. I really like this movie. The family is torn. Pablo wants to do good, but knows that what he does is wrong. This is a story of real people. Many things can be said about this movie, but what I really like is the honesty of the actors. I don't know many who are not willing to make money and do whatever they can to make money. It is amazing. I have never seen a movie where you can feel what the characters are feeling. You can see what the director is trying to do, and you can understand why the family is doing what they are doing. You get the feeling that this is what they are doing. This is a great movie. It is different from a lot of movies that I see and it is a very effective movie. If you are an addict, you will enjoy this movie. If you are a student of life, you will enjoy this movie. If you are looking for a great story about a family and their story, this is the movie for you.

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Frances A.

We all have to face the fact that our world is not what it used to be. So when you look back at your own life you probably have the same problem. That is what this documentary is about. After 30 years of dealing with the failure of the communist system of Cuba, it is a good idea to reflect on how much better we are than they were. In that sense, this is a movie that will hold you to your seat until the end. I give this movie a 8 out of 10.

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Dylan D.

What can I say about this film that hasn't already been said? The viewer is given a real insight into Mexico's state of the art in art and the talent of the student contemporary artists. We are also treated to a glimpse of the Mexican culinary art and the making of the Mexican soup. To say that this film is deep in meaning would be a crime. It is an insight into Mexico's cultural heart, with a special emphasis on the cinema. The filmmaking style is a blend of documentary style with short films. The filmmakers explain that the idea came from an idea they heard in a lecture and they realized that they could make it as a film. The result is not only beautiful but profound. The topics covered are so deep that you feel like you are being a part of them. They teach you about the impact and the power of art to transcend boundaries and emotions. We see how the art is received in the context of society and at the hands of those who might control the art. I saw this film in a university class where I am teaching a class of twenty-five students. I was impressed with the students' ability to sit through the film and explore it, and I can't wait to watch it again with them. The film is now available on DVD and is recommended by the student filmmakers. It will not disappoint.

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Deborah Jordan

What a treat to watch this film. It was very well-balanced and balanced the divide between the rich and the poor. This film made me feel for the poor people in Spain, and made me feel that we are all in the same boat. What I really appreciated was how the film never tried to preach to the poor people in Spain. It was an attempt to show them a different perspective, but it was also a movie about Spain's tragedy that the poor in Spain are in the minority, but the rich do not have to pay. It is a story of the common man in Spain. I would give this film a ten out of ten. The first half was slow but it was still very well done. I am looking forward to seeing more from Pablo De La Iglesia.

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Brandon

This is the most comprehensive look at how the drug trade has impacted the Mexican culture. As we start to see that the children of the great drug traffickers are being raised in a different way then their parents (including the mother who is selling drugs to an American), we also see how drugs and the violence that they bring to their communities are affecting the rest of the country. While the violence is not new, the brutality that is experienced by the American tourists is. What I loved about this documentary is the way that it is presented. It is a real look at the drug trade in Mexico and it has the feel of a documentary but it also has the sense of a news story. And it is very accurate as well. We see a lot of violence but not a lot of bloodshed. The real action of the drug trade occurs away from the streets where drugs are sold. They are more focused on the youth and their constant flow of drugs. It is a fact that drugs are killing and killing and killing and the truth of the matter is that these drugs are killing more then we ever thought. The violence is part of their business and they are happy to see it. We see the brutality of the drug war but it is all justified by the actions of the cartels. The cartels are just a group of people that work for the government that just happen to have the means and the wherewithal to use that violence. The cartels are not responsible for the violence of the drug trade but rather the government. This fact of course is not always the case. This is a point that is clearly stressed by the documentary. There is no one right way to deal with the problem of drugs and the cartel. While this film does give some insight on the cartels that are supposedly involved in drug dealing, I think it is also important to look at other drug dealers. They are just as bad as the cartels in terms of their actions. Not all cartels are the same. And for example, the heads of the Mexican mafia are known to be brutal and are in fact responsible for all the problems that the country has, not just the drugs that the cartels sell. I also think that this film is quite relevant today. Since the movie was released, there have been a lot of good documentaries on drugs and the drug war. I was glad to see that there are people out there that are paying attention to the things that are going on around the world and to the things that the government and the media are doing to try and control what people are doing.

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Louis

As a seasoned drug user, I found this film to be well worth watching. While the film is by no means perfect, it is important and well worth viewing.

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Richard Cole

I loved this documentary as a retrospective of the most iconic and important film of the 20th century, but I think I might have found an issue with the way it was presented. I could easily see the film being just as powerful if not more so in a theater setting than on television. A little film about the evolution of film would be more interesting than a static documentary of the best film of all time. In that regard, I found the documentary to be a bit slow, but there were some beautiful shots of the people who came before and after the best film of all time. I just thought the piece was too wordy and they could have done a little more detailing on the film, making it more interesting to be able to compare it to the man that made it, James Cameron. The film would have been better suited for a smaller screen and the attention would have been more drawn to the people who made the film.

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Amber Fernandez

La mirada en la noche is the 10th feature film from Spaniard Guillermo Arriaga and is written and directed by him. This film tells the story of how a family is forced to move to a small town after the death of one of the family members. The brother moves in with his brother's wife, daughter and step-mother. When the family move, they are not able to make use of the new surroundings and have to live in a basement. The children are not able to speak Spanish with their mother and learn to communicate with each other by using sign language. In this manner, they learn how to read and write the language and in order to adapt to the new environment, the mother and children go through intensive school and training. Eventually, they are able to adapt and be part of the new society, being part of the local community. As the family grows and adapts to the new surroundings, they grow together as a family and learn to be together. Their work becomes more and more important to the mother and the children, and the steps that are taken by the mother and children are much appreciated by the people in the community. The whole film tells the story of the family's journey and the long-term struggle of adapting to the new surroundings. The film is about giving up what is easy to get and give up what is hard to give up. The film is a moving story that is told with sincerity and honesty. The father shows a kind of dignity and determination that we can all aspire to, and the mother shows a sense of dignity that we can all aspire to. The relationship between the mother and the children is very moving, showing that there is more to life than the little things in life. Arriaga's approach to the family is authentic, showing the sensitivity of the actors. The whole story is told with a sensitive, open-hearted, and beautiful way that brings out the best in all of us.

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Ryan

There's nothing to stop me from saying that the Mexican Revolution was a great success. The point of this documentary is to see what can be achieved in a short space of time. All we need is the courage, persistence and hard work to make something happen. We have to believe that it can be done. The great Mexican film director Guillermo Arriaga is there to guide us along the way. I liked his documentaries from El Radio and El Ultimo Amor, so I hope he can do more. The Mexican Revolution is based on the book La Justicia and the movement of five leftist revolutionary leaders that led to the overthrow of a repressive government. It's a study in two countries that have often been ignored, but it shows how it is possible to change things. The film was made in 1995, but it shows how the revolution of the 1960's still resonates with many people, as well as with the youth. To be honest, I didn't see the revolution as much as I wanted to. It's about this period of time and that's where the focus of the film is. But in a documentary like this, the details matter a lot. And if you pay attention, you will find a lot to like in this little bit of history. However, the subject is also made for a broader audience. As a movie, it's good. The score by Carlos Salazar is good. As a documentary, it's not good. It's about the revolution that happened in a country that has a history that is sometimes ignored, but that can show us how people can change things, that can be done in a few hours and make a difference in their lives. The story itself is easy to follow. I've seen this documentary many times. I didn't have a problem following it as a documentary. I thought that it would be harder to follow as a movie, but as a documentary, it's just fine. And I'm glad that Guillermo got the material to work with, because he had a lot of experience making documentaries in the 60's and in his later films. To me, it's a little bit better than just another documentary. Maybe it's just my opinion. But I think it's better than just another documentary.

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Jose R.

This documentary shows us a small group of people and is so informative, I felt like I could relate to the situations they are in. It was extremely well edited, I was never lost in the footage, you felt like you were watching something that really happened. I recommend this documentary to anyone who loves to learn more about the history of the prohibition era.

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Harold Bishop

Any documentary that takes a subject such as 'Mexican drug cartels' and then tries to make sense of it is worthwhile. This one tries to make sense of a subject that is much more complex than the cartels themselves, the drug war, but in an exceptionally clear and concise way. The drug war here isn't about how many people get killed or the number of people who get shot or burnt or infected with HIV. No, the drug war here isn't about that. The drug war here is about how the Mexican government, American law enforcement, and various local drug cartels operate in the cartels' favor and what happens when the battle against them is over. The film does a good job of breaking down the different groups and putting them in their proper places, the factions, and gives them a voice in a way that no one other than the very few people who have made a living with drugs can have. I found this film to be very compelling and a very well made one, and so was the writer. The film's main point of view is that the government, the CIA, and the various Mexican drug cartels have a common goal, and they are all working towards that goal and not for themselves or any other benefit. We see some of the bloodshed that some of the drug war participants face, as well as the families and friends of those who were involved, and what that leads to. It's clear that this isn't about drug trafficking, but rather the life of those who are involved in it, the people who are in it, and what it takes to remain in the drug war, because it is a fight that ultimately has its death and destruction. It is, of course, all in their own interest to keep the death toll high because, as one young man points out, it makes their lives easier to sustain their lives. It's not about what is good for them, but rather what is right for them. This film is a great one, and is a very interesting one to watch.

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Jacob Cook

I agree with the previous comment, this movie is excellent. I do not understand the negative comments about the facts presented. They're the same people who complain about the fake food, the fake sweeteners, the fake sugar etc. The fact is that "The Beatles" ate fast food. I am not even sure what they ate before going into the studio, but I am sure that it was food. The whole film is taken out of context, the "good guys" and "bad guys" are (almost) the same in every shot. This is what I mean by "fake news". A documentary, this is not, and I mean that as a compliment.

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Joan

Don't want to say much about this great documentary, but it was a great story that showed a great part of the Colombian jungle. As far as I know it is not well known, but I can say this: This was a true story, and the principal character is an extraordinary example of a nomad or a Gringo. I wonder if he still lives at that age, if he is a singer or how he could survive at that age. Or maybe it is because the children grew up as adults in other countries. I think that it was the better story, the better plot, the better realism. And the best part of the film is when he tells his story to his children, and at the end of the film, he is still going on his journey, not dead, but not happy, not happy with his life. Because of a broken heart, he goes on the final part of his journey, and still has his heart and his soul. My vote: 9. My score: 10/10 or 10

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Samuel C.

This is a very good movie. It is very well documented and compelling. If you can, watch this movie twice. It is interesting to see people's lives unfold, especially as it is done with the different nations. My personal favorite was the movie 'Al Pacino's 'Bulletproof Monk.'

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Christopher J.

This is not a documentary. It's a "how to" film. These are the best thoughts from some of the people who attended. It's also very entertaining. It's easy to forget that you're watching a documentary and just enjoy this guy's opinion. I have to agree with most of the comments but I'm a little bit picky. The things that really made me roll my eyes was the T.V. from the actual journalist. Don't get me wrong, I don't think it was that bad. The story was good, but it didn't have the extra power that a documentary can provide. If the goal of a documentary is to inform the public about the history and culture of a country, a good story should convey the truth. Some of the most important aspects of a country, such as politics, are beyond the newsprint. This was pretty much true for most of the things the film covered. Most of the focus was on history and customs, and not on a public opinion based story. I understand that being a tourist is what's important, but sometimes there are better things to do with your time. I don't think a lot of people are going to want to go to Mexico to listen to a story about history and customs. If you want a good history lesson, there are plenty of documentaries out there that do the job better than this one. But if you're looking for entertainment, this is your film.

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Virginia Vasquez

I watched this film on the second day of release and loved it. It had a good plot and a message. There were many funny moments and the beginning was a bit confusing. However, once the story got going, the film was very well done. I would recommend this film to anyone who loves documentaries about human nature and the human condition. It is well worth the watch. You will be glad you watched it.