Ambulante is a non-profit organization devoted to supporting and advancing documentary films as a tool for social and cultural transformation. Founded in 2005 by Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna and Elena Fortes, and currently directed by Paulina Suárez, Ambulante seeks to strengthen documentary film culture in Mexico and Central America in order to contribute to a more open and critical society, and to facilitate access to different perspectives from around the world.
Among its tasks, Ambulante identifies and travels to places with scant film releases and insufficient training in documentary filmmaking with the aim of promoting cultural exchange, encouraging a participatory, critical and informed attitude and opening new ways of thinking.
Mobilize spaces on encounter and collective action towards the construction of other worlds through documentary films.
Build together a more critical, empathic, open and committed society.
Non-fiction expressions, through diverse voices, complementing strategies and spaces of encounter stimulate cultural change in favor of the construction of a more just and plural society.
Ambulante Documentary Film Festival
One of our most iconic projects is the Ambulante Documentary Film Festival, the furthest-reaching documentary film festival in Mexico and a project that stands alone as a unique screening space. Throughout more than sixteen years, the Festival has covered thousands of miles of our territory with a central intention: to create an exciting and significant encounter between documentary film and its audience. To date, the Festival has held 1,154 events in 38 municipalities with an average of more than 84,000 attendees.
Ambulante Beyond is a documentary production project with the objective of training new producers from various corners of Mexico and Central America who have limited access to the necessary tools to share their stories with the general public. We believe it is essential for the new opinion leaders to have access to communication tools, which will enable them to disseminate and share their personal, local and regional interests to constantly growing audience.
The initiative seeks to foster independent filmmaking, which enables marginalized communities to recover and strengthen their identity, and to reclaim their rights, as well as to break stereotypes and change the negative social archetypes associated with their peoples. We seek to celebrate the diversity and contribute to the democratization of audiovisual production by fostering stories told from a unique cultural and aesthetical perspective, without imposing on them audiovisual homogenizing conventions.