City of the Dead

(Ciudad de los muertos)
Miguel Eek | Documentary

2019 | 56 minutes | Spain

By exploring the interactions of a group of cementery workers, we not only discover the unknown world of death, but also the personal stories of its inhabitants.


An exploration of death, construed by the living. Its protagonists are people who face death every day and that have found another way to understand it. Biel, the watchman; José, the sales & commercial agent; David and Sergio, the morticians; Jaume and Mohammed, the gardeners; José Luis, the crematorium operator; and Manuela, the cleaner, all work at the Palma cemetery. By exploring their interactions, sometimes dramatic, sometimes comical, we not only discover the unknown world of death, but also the personal stories of its inhabitants.


“A fierce look into the banality of death.” — M.J. Doxa

“A warm and fear-taming portrait of the human condition.” — Bianca-Olivia Nita, Modern Times Review

“A must see. Not recommendable for those with heart problems.” — Jennifer Hammersmark, Medium

Main credits

Eek, Miguel (film director)

Other credits

Cinematography, Joan Vidal [and 5 others]; editor, Aina Calleja.

funerals,death,rituals,cemeteries,health,healthy,physical health,mental health,emotional health,health equity,public health,health care,health policy,fitness,veracity,welfare,soundness,aging,age,old age,senior,youth,middle age,aging gracefully,advanced age,collective health,maturity,labor studies,employment studies,workers rights,workers’ rights,organizing,labor unions,trade unions,unions,industry,employment law,working class,labor rights,labor equity,employment,union organizing,labor organizing,labor rights movements,employment rights movements,workers’ rights movement,workers rights movements,urban studies,urbanism,community development,communities,urbanization,civic centers,satellite cities,residential areas,gentrification,barrioization,boomtown,bedroom communities,city block,city center,community displacement,white flight,walkability,zoning,housing,incorporated areas,unincorporated areas,suburbs,exurbs,inner cities,inner city,conservation ,religion,spirituality,organized religion,soul,spiritual beliefs,religious beliefs,belief systems,branches of religion,religious sects,sects,gods and goddesses,monotheism,theism,pantheism,polytheism,spiritual awakening; "City of the Dead"; Pragda Films
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SomCinema - Best Feature Doc; Mallorca Cinema - Best Feature Doc, Best Editirng; Firenze Film Fest - Best Feature Doc; SEMINCI; FIPADOC International Documentary Festival; DOCFEED Documentary Film Festival; Doxa Festival Vancouver

DIRECTOR: Miguel Eek


YEAR: 2019

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Spanish; Catalan

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School, High School, College, Adults



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