Almost a year ago, we first told you that Ambulante — the traveling documentary film festival founded by Diego Luna, Gael Garcia Bernal,
Elena Fortes, and Pablo Cruz — would cross the border into the U.S. almost ten years after its first edition in Mexico. Finally, the long-awaited rock tour
of documentaries is about to land in Los Angeles.
The team behind Ambulante
California, including the newly-appointed Director of Ambulante USA, Christine Davila, just announced their film lineup. On September 21, the festival
kicks off at MacArthur Park with an outdoor screening of Bronx Obama. The doc follows the story of Puerto Rican single father, Louis Ortiz, whose uncanny
resemblance to the President of the United States gives him a new lease on life as an Obama impersonator.
In total, 22 documentaries will screen at several venues across eight different neighborhoods in Los Angeles. The films represent a varied mix of topics,
ranging from cultural identity to music, biographies, social justice, and environmental issues. Keeping with their mission to bring documentaries to
underserved audiences, all events are free and most of them are outdoors.
In advance of the festival’s programming announcement, I spoke to Diego Luna in an exclusive interview. He shared why Los Angeles is in desperate need of
this type of documentary festival, his favorite film from Ambulante California’s lineup, and his newest project, a film he is directing that’s about to
Written by Vanessa Erazo. LatinoBuzz is a weekly feature on SydneysBuzz that highlights Latino indie talent and upcoming trends in Latino film with the
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