Ambulante is an organization committed to supporting and spreading documentary film as a tool of cultural and social change. Founded in Mexico in 2015 by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Elena Fortes, the organization brings documentary films to places with low screening and training availability in this genre, in order to promote a multi-stakeholder dialogue and the reflection on relevant issues.
What is Ambulante Film Festival?
Ambulante Film Festival is the largest documentary film festival in Mexico and a unique exhibition space in the world. Each year, it tours Mexican states for over two months with an international exhibit that includes around a hundred titles, over a hundred guests, and one hundred and fifty venues. The festival is non-competitive and it offers more than 70% of its programming for free.
When will #Ambulante2020 take place and what states will it visit?
The fifteenth edition of Ambulante will occur from March 19 to May 28 and we’ll be visiting the following states: Querétaro, (March 19 to March 26), Durango (March 26 to April 2), Coahuila (April 2 to April 9), Mexico City (April 15 to April 30), Chihuahua (April 30 to May 7), Veracruz (May 7 to May 14), Oaxaca (May 14 to May 21), and Puebla (May 21 to May 28).
What is the theme for the 2020 Festival?
Transitions, or Tránsitos, is the theme for the Ambulante Film Festival 2020, its fifteenth edition. This permits having a hindsight on Ambulante’s fifteen years of existence, as well as being an invitation to turn towards the future, imagining new strategies to promote nonfiction films as a vehicle for social change. The Transitions theme also makes us think about the evolution of documentary film as a film genre, keeping us open to different aesthetic and narrative proposals.
In addition to its temporary dimension, Transitions is a reminder of the roaming nature of the Ambulante Film Festival, accounting for the thousands of kilometers that it goes through in order to bring cinema to audiences all throughout Mexico, as well as alluding to the bridges that documentary films build between the various communities that surround them—creators, on-screen characters, decision makers, diverse audiences, and social movements.
Transitions evokes movement, change, rhythm, reinvention, dynamism, rupture—a preference for the non-binary, for what goes against fixed categories, closed definitions, and absolute classifications.
Do screenings have a cost?
Screenings in Cinépolis and in some other venues have a reduced cost per ticket. In Cinépolis in particular, you can also get a coupon called cinebono for a special cost (for more info, please visit the microsite of Ambulante).
Activities in the rest of the venues (over 60% of the Festival’s events) will have free admission.