altamura films
Altamura Films is an independent documentary production company
based in New York and Mexico.
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EL VELADOR (The Night Watchman), 2011

EL VELADOR (The Night Watchman), 2011

"An unsettlingly quiet, even lyrical film about a world made and unmade by violence"
- A.O. Scott, The New York Times

"The Mexican drug cartels have inspired countless films, but never one as final as Natalia Almada's documentary "El Velador." After this experience, everything else seems trivial."
-Roger Ebert

"EL VELADOR is cinema in a state of perfection."
-Charles Mudede, The Stranger

"Mesmerizing"
-Time Out

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FILMS

El General, 2009

El General, 2009

In 1910 a revolution erupted in Mexico, among its rallying cries "the right to vote." Nearly a century later "Sufragio Efectivo" is heard again as thousands take to the streets. Through the legacy that filmmaker Natalia Almada inherited as the great-granddaughter of Mexican president Plutarco Elias Calles (1924-1928), one of Mexico's most controversial revolutionary figures accused of having been a "Dictator", "Iron Man" and "Nun-Burner", yet also acclaimed for having been the "father of modern Mexico," El General is a portrait of a family and a country under the shadow of the past.

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Al Otro Lado, 2005

Al Otro Lado, 2005

An aspiring corrido composer from the drug capital of Mexico faces two choices to better his life: to traffic drugs or to cross the border illegally into the United States. From Sinaloa, Mexico to the streets of South Central and East L.A., “Al Otro Lado” explores the world of drug smuggling, illegal immigration and the corrido music that chronicles it all.

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All Water Has A Perfect Memory

All Water Has A Perfect Memory, 2001

”All Water has a Perfect Memory” is a poignant experimental documentary that explores the effects of tragedy and remembrance on a bi-cultural family. This moving piece lyrically meditates on the cultural and gender differences between the filmmaker's North American mother and Mexican father as they evoke the loss of their child.

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BIO

Natalia Almada

Recipient of the 2009 Sundance Documentary Directing Award for her film “El General,” Almada’s most recent film “El Velador” premiered at New Directors/New Films and the Cannes' Directors' Fortnight. Her previous credits include “All Water Has a Perfect Memory,” an experimental short film that received international recognition; “Al Otro Lado,” her award-winning debut feature documentary about immigration, drug trafficking and corrido music. Almada’s films have screened at Documenta13, The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim Museum and The 2008 Whitney Biennial. All three feature documentaries have broadcast on the award-winning series POV. Almada has received the MacArthur, Guggenheim, USA Artists, Alpert and MacDowell fellowships. She graduated with a Masters in Fine Arts in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and currently lives in Mexico City.

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