Next on POV: The U.S. broadcast premiere of El Velador, a documentary about a guard who, from dusk to dawn, watches over the extravagant mausoleums of some of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords. In the labyrinth of the cemetery, this film about violence without violence reminds us that, amid the turmoil of a drug war that has claimed more than 50,000 lives, ordinary existence persists in Mexico and quietly defies the dead.

Watch the documentary now on your iPhone or iPad, on PBS stations Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 10 PM, or online starting Friday, September 28, 2012. Check your local listings ».

View the trailer for the documentary El Velador.
U.S. Broadcast Premiere: Thursday, September 27, 2012, on POV.

Whether you watch the film on your mobile device, on our website or on television, visit POV’s El Velador companion site to share your reaction, for additional video, including an extended interview with award-winning director Natalia Almada (Al Otro Lado, POV 2005; El General, POV 2009), and for more interactive features.

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POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 400 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.