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Natalia Almada in "Mexico City"

Natalia Almada, the great-granddaughter of Mexico’s controversial 40th president, Plutarco Elías Calles, makes intimate films that delve into the tragedies of her Mexican-American family’s personal history as well as the Sinaloa region’s violent present.

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Natalia Almada

The great-granddaughter of Mexico’s controversial 40th president Plutarco Elías Calles, Natalia Almada makes intimate films that delve into the tragedies of her Mexican-American family’s personal history as well as the Sinaloa region’s violent present. Ranging from documentary to fiction to experimental narrative, Almada’s films portray a world filtered through recollection and constructed by diverging points of view. Whether chronicling the daily lives of Mexican drug smugglers, immigrants, corrido musicians, or government bureaucrats, Almada’s camera acts a witness to lives ensnared by violence and power struggles.

“Often, the photographs would lead to the writing. So I would go out with my camera, and kind of see something, photograph something, then come home and insert my character into that moment; or that place, or that feeling that I had photographed.”

Natalia Almada

Natalia Almada

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In this interview, Natalia Almada discusses her approach to filmmaking, and the inspiration for her first narrative feature film, Todo lo demás.

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