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Elena Fortes Acosta

Elena Fortes Acosta


Elena is director of Ambulante, a non-profit organisation working to support and promote a documentary film culture in Mexico
La Punta, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, México
Jardín El Pañuelito, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, México
Plaza de San Jerónimo, Centro Histórico, México D.F
San Ildefonso, Centro HIstórico, México D.F
Casa de Francia, México D.F
Plazuela de Xallitic, Xalapa, Veracruz, México
Santo Domingo, Oaxaca, Oaxaca, México
Autocinema, Universidad Iberoamericana, México D.F
Za'chila, Oaxaca, México

Ambulante is a non-profit organisation, dedicated to supporting and promoting international documentary cinema as a tool for social and cultural change.

“We believe that through film we can challenge peoples perspectives and engage people in a constructive dialogue and active participation.

The key element of our festival is actually what we leave behind: people with passion and enthusiasm and new skills to put on arts events and screenings of their own, to replicate our own work and extend our network.

Their annual film festival brings more than 50 ground-breaking films to over 100 venues in 30 cities, often to places with little access to or experience of documentary film.

Disruption is a key component of our work: from staging screenings in unorthodox places - museums, care homes, prisons - to using technology to give people access to viewing and making their own content.

We like to challenge mass media monopolisation, offering an alternative circuit to share different visions of the world. We offer training for young people to delve into their own issues and create new stories, bringing their voices to the screens.

Many of the film screenings we host have a political undercurrent - for example, projecting a film about immigration directly onto the wall of the border.”

Elena was Mexico's winner of the British Council's Young Creative Entrepreneur Screen award 2010. She continues to work with the British Council on various projects including the London MexFest Festival of contemporary Mexican culture.