Ambulante 2015: ScreenAnarchy Picks 5 Must-See Documentaries
By Eric Ortiz Garcia
The tenth edition of Ambulante kicked off just last weekend in Mexico City. As usual, the documentary film festival will visit several states of Mexico in the coming weeks, including Guerrero (February 12-19), Morelos (February 12-19), Puebla (February 19-26), Veracruz (February 26-March 5), Zacatecas (March 5-12), Coahuila (March 12-19), Michoacán (March 19-26), Chiapas (March 26-April 2), Jalisco (April 9-16), Baja California (April 16-23), and Oaxaca (April 23-May 3).
To celebrate ten years, Ambulante has put together a fine selection of new documentries from all over the globe. Here at ScreenAnarchy we highlight five docs that you shouldn’t miss once Ambulante reaches your town. Check them out below:
All of Me (dir. Arturo González Villaseñor, Mexico)
This Mexican documentary (also known as Llévate Mis Amores) manages to be a unique and very human perspective of the illegal immigration (from Central America to the U.S.) problem. Check my full review here.
Jodorowsky’s Dune (dir. Frank Pavich, US/France)
Jodorowsky’s Dune is finally having some screenings in Mexico, after its festival premiere at Mórbido 2014. It was the only documentary that made it to ScreenAnarchy’s official top 10 of 2014. I wrote the following back then: “Alejandro Jodorowsky’s failed attempt to bring the science fiction novel Dune to the big screen in 1975 makes for a truly incredible and moving documentary. Even if the Chilean director must recall the painful experience of not fulfilling a dream due to Hollywood’s lack of vision, there’s a lot of joy to share when talking about the time he shared with such legends as Dali, Orson Welles and Pink Floyd (not to mention the team of artists he brought together). Jodorowsky’s unique way of seeing Dune is perfectly displayed and, equally important, why this vision is still so relevant to cinema.”
Portraits of a Search (dir. Alicia Calderón, Mexico-US)
A forceful documentary on the victims of the Mexican Drug War, told from the perspective of their families, in specific the mothers. Read my full review here.
The Look of Silence (dir. Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark/Finland/Indonesia/Norway/UK)
The companion piece to the brilliantly unique The Act of Killing is, according our own Jason Gorber (review linked below), another film for the ages by Joshua Oppenheimer. It’s definitely one of the few, true, must-see documentaries of the year.
The Visit (dir. Michael Madsen, Finland/Denmark)
A film that explores what would happen if an alien actually arrives on Earth. Looks pretty interesting. Watch the trailer here.