Ambulante, the documentary film festival that tries to reach a wide public by presenting free screenings in unorthodox spaces, presents its second California edition this fall. Screenings will be in a variety of spaces in Los Angeles, Monterey Bay, and Long Beach. A couple of highlights include:
Lo Que Reina en las Sombras (Kingdom of Shadows)
From Bernardo Ruiz, the director of Reportero, comes a new documentary, humanizing the drug war in the U.S. and Mexico. Weaving together the stories of a U.S. drug enforcement agent on the border, an activist nun in violence-scarred Monterrey, Mexico, and a former Texas smuggler, Lo Que Reina en las Sombras sheds new light on the growing human-rights crisis that is a byproduct of this conflict.
Llevate mis Amores (All of Me)
Follow a group of Mexican women who have been volunteering their time and resources to prepare meals for the U.S.-bound migrants passing through their town on the back of the train known as The Beast. Every day they bake bread, fill water bottles, and stand along the train tracks to throw meals to the men on women pursuing their hopes for a better life.
California: Sept. 19 - Oct. 4. Full lineup and details on their website.