Alexandra Halkin, Director, Americas Media Initiative
In 1998, Alexandra founded the Chiapas Media Project an award winning bi-national organization that has trained over 200 indigenous men and women in video production in Chiapas and Guerrero, Mexico. Alexandra has consulted with various organizations such as Witness and CLACPI (Latin American Coordinator for Indigenous Film and Communication). In 2004, Alexandra was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the Latin American Indigenous Video Initiative (LAIVI). In 2007, Alexandra was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the Indigenous Audiovisual Archive (IAA) in Oaxaca, Mexico. Alexandra has produced four documentaries in Guerrero, Mexico and her work has been screened at film and video festivals worldwide. In 2010, Alexandra completed a short documentary, LIVING JUAREZ, which looks at the neighborhood of Villas de Salvárcar where 15 youths were murdered at a birthday party in January 2010. In 2010, Alexandra founded the Americas Media Initiative (AMI) a non-profit organization that works with Cuban filmmakers living in Cuba. In 2010 AMI organized two tours with Cuban filmmaker that visited 17 US universities.In March 2012, Alexandra organized with the Museum of Modern Art Film Dept. a US documentary shorts program, Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias that traveled to five towns in Cuba. Alexandra assisted the Flaherty Seminar on bringing three Cuban filmmakers to Flaherty in June 2012.
Americas Media Initiative is funded in part by:
The Ford Foundation
The Reynolds Foundation
The Eastman Foundation
The Peace Development Fund
and many generous individual donors!