Natalia Almada

Natalia Almada
Alma mater Rhode Island School of Design
Known for photographer; filmmaker
Awards 2009 Sundance Directing Award Documentary;
2012 MacArthur Fellows Program

Natalia Almada is a Mexican and American photographer and documentary filmmaker.[1] Alamda is a filmmaker whose work focuses on Mexican history, politics, and culture in insightful and poetic films that push the boundaries of how the documentary form addresses social issues. [2] Her films include El Velador (2011),[3] El General (2009), [4] All Water Has a Perfect Memory (2001), and Al Otro Lado (2005), and her work has appeared at numerous national and international venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Sundance Film Festival, the Guggenheim Museum, the Munich International Film Festival, and the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. [5] She won the 2009 Sundance Directing Award Documentary for her film “El General”. She is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow[6] and the first Latina filmmaker to win the award.[7]

Early Life and Education

Natalia Almada received a B.F.A. (1995) from the College of Santa Fe and an M.F.A. (2001) in Photography[8] from the Rhode Island School of Design. [9] She is a dual citizen of Mexico and the United States, having grown up in both.




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