Documentary Film Festival

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Ambulante organizes an international documentary film festival in collaboration with CANANA, Cinépolis, and Morelia International Film Festival, that travels to various states in Mexico for over 3 months.

By presenting more than 100 documentary films, and hosting about 120 national and international special guests, in over 150 venues, Ambulante promotes the exhibition of Mexican and foreign documentary film throughout the country.

The festival is non-competitive, and offers 60% of its programming for free. Each year in addition to the festival program, there are workshops, discussions with filmmakers, conferences, seminars, panels on the film industry, special screenings, outdoor screenings, events in schools and universities, drive-in cinema, and since 2011, a series of documentaries in VIVE LATINO (Festival of Rock Music and Culture).

Ambulante Documentary Film Festival will travel to 12 states in Mexico from January 29 to May 3 2015. The Festival will go to Mexico City (January 29 to February 12), Guerrero (February 12 to 19), Morelos (February 12 to 19), Puebla (February 19 to 26), Veracruz (February 26 to March 5), Zacatecas (March 5 to 12), Coahuila (March 12 to 19), Michoacán (March 19 to 26), Chiapas (March 26 to April 2), Jalisco (April 9 to 16), Baja California (April 16 to 23) and Oaxaca (April 23 to May 3).



Expand traditional commercial venues for documentaries.

Foster an approach to diverse realities.

Provide tools of transformation and contribute to the creation of an active society.

Decentralize and diversify the exhibition of documentary film to reach new audiences. Our itinerant festival is meant for a general audience, not for a specialized industry, to make this genre available for more people and in places where there is little access to it.

Discover and support Mexican filmmakers and promote documentary films that reflect a unique vision and voice.

Engage several disciplines in the festival, and thus, offering a wider range of cultural expressions – theatre, music and multi-platform projects.


  • Whores’ Glory, un descenso a los infiernos del placer

    Escrito por Jorge Luis Tercero
    Hace un par de años, en una entrevista con el actor Gael García Bernal, este me contó que mucho de su interés por el cine documental surgió a partir de que él y un grupo de amigos se encontraran con un VHS del filme Megacities (1998), de Michael ...
  • Bronx Obama, la aventura de un otro en los zapatos del otro

    Escrito por Jorge Luis Tercero
     “El otro me soñó, pero no me soñó rigurosamente. Soñó, ahora lo entiendo, la imposible fecha en el dólar”, es la frase con la que Borges termina su relato “El otro”, idea que me vino a la mente al terminar de ver el documental Bronx ...
  • La imagen ausente

    Escrito por Joshua Hernández
    Traducido por Nidia de la Vega
    “Lo que hoy les entrego no es ni una imagen única, ni tampoco su búsqueda, sino la imagen de una expedición, expedición que es posible gracias al cine”. La imagen ausente, película autobiográfica del cineasta ...