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All Water Has a Perfect Memory
A film by Natalia Almada
Mexico/US, 2001, 19 minutes, Color/BW, DVD, Spanish/English, Subtitled
Order No. W03786
ALL WATER HAS A PERFECT MEMORY is a poignant experimental documentary that explores the effects of tragedy and remembrance on a bi-cultural family. 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 filmmaker’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.


  • Aurora Picture Show, TX
  • Documenta Und Museum
  • Wexner Center for the Arts
  • Walker Art Center
  • Pravo Ljudski Film Festival
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Chicago International Film Festival - Gold Plaque Award
  • Tribeca Film Festival - Best Short Documentary
  • African American Women in Cinema - Audience Award
  • Woodstock International Film Festival
  • Cleveland International Film Festival - Honorable Mention, Best Documentary Short Film
  • Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival
  • San Francisco Latino Int’l Film Festival
  • San Diego Latino Film Festival
  • Dallas Video Festival
  • One Reel Film Festival
  • Red Bank International Film Festival
  • Tulipanes Latino Films and Arts Film Festival
  • Bilbao Documentary and Short Film Festival
  • Women in the Director's Chair
  • Vistas Film Festival

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    “A masterfully crafted documentary of sheer power and beauty...captures the essence of pain, loss, remembrance, and cultural differences.”
    David Kwok
    Programmer, Tribeca Film Festival

    “Powerful imagery.”
    Rebecca Rodrigues
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    “Poignant…(Almada) creates a touching and visual memory.”
    Vistas Film Festival

    “…an exquisite film about loss, grief, and remembrance... gracefully renders the textures of memory…profoundly and provocatively suggests how familial, social, and collective memories are produced while simultaneously functioning as a powerful anamnestic practice.”
    C. Ondine Chavoya
    Williams College

    “Stunningly beautiful. Its imagery is mesmerizing, its voices haunting…highly recommended.”
    Visual Anthropology Review

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