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Natalia Almada in "Mexico City"Preview
In this preview from the Mexico City episode of Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, filmmaker Natalia Almada discusses her heritage and how being both Mexican and American has contributed to her work.
“I think that when I embrace that duality and I understand that it shapes the way I see things,” says the artist, “it gives me something special in terms of how I look at the world and how I relate to people.”More information
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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.