All Water Has a Perfect Memory

Mexico, USA 2001, Dokumentarfilm, DVD, Farbe, 19’ | Regie, Buch, Bildgestaltung, Schnitt Natalia Almada | Produktion Altamura Films | Weltvertrieb Women Make Movies

At seven months old, filmmaker Natalia Almada lost her two-year-old sister, Ana Lynn, in a drowning accident at her childhood home in Mexico. Inspired by an essay written by Toni Morrison, in which she speaks of the Mississippi River’s ability to conjure memories, this moving piece serves as a meditation on the cultural and gender differences between the film-maker’s North American mother and Mexican father in the face of their daughter’s death.
Through personal recollections narrated by each family member, including her brother, Almada incorporates Super-8 home movies, photographs and fabricated images to weave together a touching and moving visual memory of Ana Lynn.


NATALIA ARMADA was born in Mexico. Her works have received international recognition and have been shown throughout the world: at the Sundance Festival, at the Whitney Biennial, at the Museum of Modern Art, on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and on Arte, the French/German TV arts channel. She is Guggenheim fellow and has received support from Creative Capital, the Sundance Institute and the MacDowell Colony, to name but a few. She has also won several awards for Al Otro Lado ("The Other Side") a documentary film about immigration and drug trafficking. She shares her time between Mexico and Brooklyn.


Films by Natalia Almada
El Velador 2011 | P.O.V. 2010 | El General 2009 | The 8 2009 | Al Otro Lado 2005


Awards for ›All Water Has a Perfect Memory‹
Beste kurze Dokumentation, Tribeca Film Festival, New York City 2002


Sunday, 22 April 2012, 4.00 p.m., Filmpalette, Ticket

Natalia Almada
Mexico, USA
Dokumentarfilm, Kurzfilm
40 Jahre Women Make Movies