Ambulante 2009

2 Feb

Excelsior reports: Journalists, critics, film students, and even government officials packed the hall for a press conference calling up the 4th annual edition of Ambulante, a multi-sited documentary festival which opens 6 February and runs through 9 April.

Bernal and Luna at Ambulante press conference

“When reality surpasses fiction, it’s time to turn to documentary,” said screenwriter and IMCINE director Marina Stavenhagen.   Actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna also pointed to the didactic capacity of documentary film, “to put your finger on the reality and from that create a better environment and a better future.”  OEM was also at the press conference, and related the two actors’ insistence upon investment in such initiatives even in the worldwide economic crisis, “When we are in crisis, we realize the power we have that is in our hands is the power to do something better.”

Established by Canana producers Gael García Bernal, Diego Luna, and Pablo Cruz in 2005, the Ambulante is designed to cover as much of Mexico as possible, both geographically and socially, and will screen Mexican and international films in not only cinemas, but also public squares and prisons.  The festival’s official webiste can be viewed in both Spanish and English.

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