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.