On Monday, September 13, the newspaper Regeneración published an article in which Gael García Bernal (Y Tu Mamá Tú – 92%, Bad Education – 88%, Coco – 97%) and Diego Luna (Rudo y Cursi – 73%, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – 85%) of having received 160 million pesos during the six-year Felipe Calderon and Enrique Peña Nieto, through the Ambulante civil association, for donations. The article also cited alleged sources who accused the actors of not being interested in the cinema but simply in enriching it at the expense of the cultural budget. Now Ambulante has responded to the Regeneration article, which had a lot of echo in other media,
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The civil association published on its official website that the resources received have been complying with the requirements of calls from government or private institutions, all “of wide public knowledge.” The support has not only been directed to Ambulante, but to many cultural projects, and it has been thanks to the quality of their proposals that several have been awarded to them. The statement also says that the trust that the government placed in Ambulante in the past, “has been ratified” by the current administration, which has given them resources in the last two years.
Through 16 years of continuous work, Ambulante has transformed the creation of meeting spaces around the cinema in more than 250 venues throughout the country; the reach of more than 1,279,600 audiences through the diffusion of film programs that reach communities with little or no film offer and within the framework of mostly free activities; the granting of scholarships to promote the creative work of 195 filmmakers —among them those from indigenous and Afro-descendant communities—; support for the production of 34 documentaries; as well as the promotion of human rights and economic support in emergency situations.
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Regarding the accusations that Gael garcia and Diego Luna They were only looking to earn money and that they had taken advantage of Ambulante AC to do so, this is what they commented:
All the funds that Ambulante collects are for the exclusive use of its operations and its corporate purpose. Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna have not received a single peso, or salaries, or compensation, as it has been reported wrongly and without evidence in some media.
The statement also highlights that this year, the Miradas Fund supported 83 projects by Afro-descendant and indigenous filmmakers in Mexico and Central America, as well as scholarships that were given through Ambulante Más Allá (AMA), to 195 filmmakers from the areas. rural, indigenous, Afro-descendant and suburban in Mexico.
The Regeneration article to which Ambulante responded suggested that criticism of Gael garcia and Diego Luna to the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador They were due to the fact that they received money from the governments of the PRI and the PAN, even the title of the article predisposed to think that it was a kind of alliance between the actors and those parties: “The PRIAN gave more than 160 million pesos to Gael García and Diego Luna ”. But we must not forget that some documentaries such as Hasta los Dientes – 100%, directed by Alberto ArnautThey were critical of the governments of the PRI and the PAN; o The Devil’s Freedom – 88%, by Everardo González, who showed the consequences of the war against drug trafficking in Mexico and the consequences of the violence it unleashed.
Gael garcia and Diego Luna, on the other hand, were sympathizers of Andrés Manuel López Obrador long before he became president in 2018, but they have also expressed their disagreements with some decisions made by the government, and they have not been the only ones, the filmmakers Guillermo del Toro (El Laberinto del Pan – 95%, Pacific Titans – 71%, The Shape Of Water – 92%), Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity – 96%, Rome – 99%) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (Amores Perros – 92%, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – 91%, Revenant: The Revenant – 82%) protested against the disappearance of the trusts.
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