Cinema outside Mexico City: Documentary overdose

Continuing with the mission of highlighting some of the best cinephile activities and alternative film billboards of February, which we can access outside the capital, we now present an agenda where the documentary occupies a prominent place, in a fortnight rich in offer for watch non-fiction movies.

It is no coincidence that the exhibition circuit is so committed to documentaries, a genre that, in addition to being one of the most made in Mexico, is increasingly in demand by the public, as we have managed to remove prejudices and find emotions, perspectives in it unusual and great stories of the world we inhabit.

This and more is present in the options that we list below, along with a healthy proportion of fictions and activities dedicated not only to watching movies, but to reflecting on them, sharing them and making them, since everything is necessary to continue building a cinephilia more and more plural. We invite you to be accomplices of these projects:


PRESENTIAL MODE: in Chiapas and Puebla.

In states where the epidemiological traffic light allows it, some local movie theaters and movie theaters carry out functions with health security measures. If it is within our means and does not represent risks, it is important to support the survival of independent spaces.

Black suns

The debut of Julien Elie proposes a cartography of enforced disappearance in this country. Although it is a very present theme in national documentaries, Soles Negros is one of the most exhaustive that have been made: by tracking a series of unpunished cases, it achieves an enormous portrait of violence in Mexico, whose investigation extends until ’68 . With a respectful approach and a very successful black and white aesthetic, it is a crucial film to understand our reality and that serves as an invitation to review other Mexican documentaries that combine, like this one, social commitment and narrative skills.

It will be exhibited from February 19 to 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kinoki Cultural Forum, located in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas. Its cinematographic offer also offers a cycle on the EZLN with films such as The rebellion of dignity Y A place called Chiapas. The entrance includes popcorn and they have a restaurant and various services. Check their social networks to be aware of the billboard.

You can read the review of Black Suns here.

Black Soles is part of our alternative film billboard for February, outside of CDMX.

Titixe and the cycle « Puebla, land and identity »

Until March 6, the Poblano project Imminent Cinema will present a different film of this cycle for free, which reflects various visions of life in the Mexican countryside. The February 20th They will screen Titixe, by Tania Hernández Velasco, where after the death of her peasant grandfather, the women of a Mexican family seek to achieve a last bean harvest. It is a very personal work where the filmmaker poetically explores the abandonment of the countryside and through the land seeks to heal the absence of her grandfather and reconnect with the world he inhabited. It will be accompanied by the short Escuela de todos, by Iván Zamora.

The cycle will continue with Peasant poets, a classic documentary by Nicolás Echevarría about a modest poblano circus (February 27), and the excellent recent fictions La tirisia, by Jorge Pérez Solano (March 5), where two women face motherhood in an adverse reality, and Cría puercos, by Ehécatl García (March 6), about an older woman who adopts a pig after the death of her husband. Located in the El Carmen de Tehuacán Cultural Complex, Puebla, You can check schedules and upcoming activities on the Cine Inminente networks.

NOTE: Titixe will also be available online, on the FilminLatino platform, on February 24, as part of the Second Film Festival in Indigenous Languages.

Titixe, by Tania Hernández Velasco, on the alternative cinema billboard in February.


1. Black panthers

Agnes varda filmed a short film during his time in the United States, narrating the mobilization of the Black Panthers after the arrest of one of their leaders. The struggle for black power confronts American racial oppression and the police who defend it, while she films marches, trainings and interviews with members of the resistance. Soon, the director’s position is present by revealing the political weight of women in the movement, the majority indifference of whites and the radicality in everyday gestures such as hairdo. A documentary that captures the political spirit of the 60s and remains relevant in the current social state.

It can be seen in the framework of Afrovisions, Ambulante’s online cycle dedicated to the trajectories of American blackness, which will conclude on February 28. With talks, feature films and shorts, the program will be found free on Filminlatino, offering a billboard that also highlights a spotlight on the filmmaker Madeline Anderson through two of her most outstanding films. See more details here.

Black Panthers, on the alternative film billboard in February.


Love and circumstances: The online cycle with films about love relationships that the UNAM Film Library brings will continue on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays that remain in February, with films such as Raging sun, raging sky (Dir. Julián Hernández), the French A meeting (Lisa Azuelos) and Girls in uniform (Alfredo Crevenna), among several more. Each one will be free for 24 hours and the billboard is on their website.

The mother tongue and our roots. Also on behalf of the UNAM Film Library, this commemorative cycle of the International Mother Language Day will arrive, with titles such as Tote_Grandfather (Maria Sojob), Tecuani, jaguar man (Isis Ahumada and Nelson Aldape) and I dream in another language (Ernesto Contreras). In total there are 10 films that we can see for free both on the Filmoteca website and on FilminLatino, from February 21 to 28. Enter here to learn more.

Tote Abuelo, on the alternative film billboard in February.


Permanent seminar CITACINE: With the support of the UACM and FACINE Tijuana, the Center for Research on Cinematographic Theory and Analysis (CITACINE) will carry out its permanent research seminar online, where eight speakers will address different theoretical problems of contemporary audiovisuals. It may sound very technical, but film theory is not exclusive to critics, filmmakers and academia, but it is also a very useful tool for us, as audiences, to reflect and nurture our readings of the films we see.

How does violence approach us through movies? How is the narrative of cinema redefined from the images of the Internet, streaming and series? These and more topics will be part of an offer of presentations that will run from March to June in free sessions via Zoom. The seminar begins on Wednesday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. with the participation of Aliber Escobar and the topic How to conceive an « embodied » theory among the images of a cinematographic work, which will take as its starting point the cinema of Christian petzold. For the complete program you can check their networks and it is necessary to register by email [email protected] prior to the session.


Volunteering at DOQUMENTA: The Queretaro documentary film festival is in the last days of receiving volunteers to be part of your team. They offer the opportunity to know from within how a film festival works, exclusive access to the films and activities that will be part of its programming, official merch and other benefits, as well as being an ideal opportunity if you are looking to carry out your university service or professional internships at a distance, because for prevention, volunteering will be online. The campaign closes on February 21 and you can check it here.

Cinema and woman: This film dissemination project has an open call for Veracruz audiovisual artists who wish to take part with their short films in a local exhibition with a gender perspective, which will be held in Xalapa during 8M and on the website of Cinema and woman during the month of March. More information on your social networks and by mail [email protected].

FICG Industry. The Guadalajara International Film Festival opened four calls for different types of projects in development that wish to take part in the industry activities of its next edition, scheduled for October. If you have a feature documentary in the process of being edited, a film project in development for Mexico or Latin America, or a series in the process of being produced, you can participate in different activities dedicated to realizing new projects. Check the bases and supports that will be granted for each case in this link.

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Daniel Aguilar Torres Cinema has been with me since 1995. My impossible dreams include giving Agnés Varda a hug and drinking mezcal with Herzog. I don’t know if writing is my thing but I really like playing Scrabble and singing out of tune, as well as the dogs.