Alexandra Halkin

Documentary Filmmaker,
Producer, Curator

In 1998, Alexandra co-founded the Chiapas Media Project (CMP) an award winning bi-national organization that 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.

During this time she also produced five short documentaries in collaboration with Mexican human rights organizations – some winning international awards.

In 2010, Alexandra founded the Americas Media Initiative (AMI) a non-profit organization that works with Cuban filmmakers living in Cuba. Alexandra has organized four Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias Documentary Programs that have brought U.S. documentaries, filmmakers and programmers to audiences in 14 towns throughout Cuba.

In 2013 Alexandra co-curated the New Cuban Shorts Program, part of the Documentary Fortnight Series at the MoMA. For the last five years, Alexandra has collaborated with ProMedios (the Mexican NGO that CMP became over time) to create the Center for the Preservation of Community Audiovisual Archives (CEPAAC) based in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas. Alexandra is now in development on the feature documentary, IF WE FILM IT, IT’S THE TRUTH.