Natalia Almada
Documentary Filmmaker
San Antonio, TX
2010 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by the Ford Foundation.

Natalia Almada is a Mexican American documentary filmmaker whose work explores cross-cultural issues. She attended Tufts University, College of Santa Fe, and Rhode Island School of Design. Her 2005 film, Al otro lado/To the Other Side, uses traditional Mexican corrido music to recount the story of an aspiring composer facing the choice of trafficking drugs or illegally crossing into the U.S. El General (2009) is a personal film about the legacy of former Mexican President Plutarco Elías Calles, a controversial historical figure who was also Almada’s great-grandfather.El Velador (2012) is set within the Jardines del Humaya, a cemetery with immense mausoleums located deep in Mexican drug trafficking territory.

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  • Artwork by Natalia Almada
    Presidential candidate Plutarco Elias Calles campaigning in 1924 as seen in El General, 2009; photo credit FAPECFT
Artwork by Natalia Almada