Most of the free movies at colleges that I write about involve Vanderbilt University, but not this one! Tonight Watkins College will be screening El Velador in their theater.
But it’s not just a normal screening – Director Natalia Almada, whose award-winning documentary films address the history and politics of Mexico from the perspective of ordinary people and everyday life, will be speaking as part of the school’s Visiting Artist Series.
A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a screening of her latest film, El Velador (The Night Watchman), at 6 p.m. in the Watkins Theater; a discussion and Q&A will immediately follow. Here’s a synopsis of the film:
From dusk to dawn EL VELADOR accompanies Martin, the guardian angel whom, night after night, watches over the extravagant mausoleums of Mexico’s most notorious Drug Lords. In the labyrinth of the cemetery, this film about violence without violence reminds us how, in the turmoil of Mexico’s bloodiest conflict since the Revolution, ordinary life persists and quietly defies the dead.
Here’s a link to the full website for El Velador for those of you who like to dig deeper.