Alexandra HALKIN

General Presentation

  • “US video producer interested in 'democratic distribution of communication technology'. In 1995, she travelled to Chiapas, Mexico, to film a documentary about the US organisation Pastors for Peace, who were travelling as a caravan, delivering goods to Zapatista communities. During her time in Chiapas she 'became aware of the indigenous peoples' interest in video technology and communication strategies'. She decided to develop a project that would provide communication technology and training for Zapatista indigenous communities, to help them empower themselves through video production. In 1998, after fundraising and consulting with diverse organisations and video producers in Mexico and the US, Alex Halkin created Chiapas Media Project. Currently, she is in charge of the fundraising for the project, and of distribution and exhibition of the video productions outside of Mexico” 1)

Current functions


  • 2007: Fulbright Award for U.S. Scholars for Media Studies in Mexico2)
  • 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship Award3).
  • December 1997: she asks Francisco Vásquez, a self-taugh photographer and video-maker with vast experience of indigenous community media projects, to join the Chiapas Media Project
  • Autumn, 1995: she starts to be in contact by email with Guillermo Monteforte, a mexican video-maker, instructor specialized in working with indigenous communities, and founder of Ojo de Agua in Oaxaca. Makes a first workshop in Chiapas, helped by the Comandante David, from the zapatist community of Oventic (Chiapas)
  • Spring, 1995: she produces a documentary for a USA-based NGO, Pastors for Peace, sending humanitarian help to Zapatista areas, and makes her first trip in Chiapas. She works with with a Hi8 camera, and the zapatist indigenous show a great interest in this technology. Alexandra Halkin leaves Chiapas with an agreement to follow up the project to bring audiovisual technologies to the communities 4)
  • 1995: Alex Halkin is hired by the NGO Pastors for Peace to realize a documentary on a construction brigade sent in La Havana, Cuba.
  • January, 1994: during vacations in Yucatan, Mexico, Alex Halkin hears for the first time about the Zapatista's uprising in Chiapas
  • 1990: Alex Halkin realizes in Managua, Nicaragua, a documentary on the elections lost by the Sandinistas.
  • Late 80's meeting in Chicago with a woman from video SEWA, a grassroots video project based in India. According to Alex Halkin, the video she saw from video SEWA was one of the things “that had the most impact on me in terms of the Chiapas Media Project” 5)
  • 1985: receives a B.F.A. from the University of Illinois
  • 1979-1982: Alex Halkin lives in New York city. She studies at the New York University and the Ohio University6).
  • 1973: Alex Halkin goes with her mother, an anti-war and feminist activist, to the World Festival of Youth and Student, in East Berlin7), ”“an international event, organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), a left-wing youth organization, jointly with the International Union of Students since 1947” 8)
  • 1959: Alex Halkin born in Chicago (USA) 9)


  • B.F.A. from the University of Illinois (1985)10)


  • Migrar o Morir/Paying the Price: Migrant Workers in the Toxic Fields of Sinaloa (2008, 35 min.) MEXICO

Director: Alex Halkin - Produced by: the Chiapas Media Project/Promedios for the Tlachinollan Human Rights Organization.

  • Halkin, Alexandra, “Fuera de la optica Indigena: Zapatistas y Videastas Autonomos”, Revista Chilena de Antropologia Visual – numero 7- Santiago, junio 2006 – p.71-92 – ISSN 0718-876X Rev.chil.antropol.vis.,


  • Fulbright Award for U.S. Scholars in 2007 for Media Studies in Mexico11)
  • Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 200412).


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Other information

  • Date of birth : 1959
  • Place of birth: Chicago
  • Gender: Female
  • Nationality(ies): USA
  • Language(s): English / Spanish

Participation in the Alternative Media Global Project

  • No
4) HALKIN, 2006
5) Source: interview, Benjamin Ferron, 04/12/2008
6) , 7) , 9) source: interview, Benjamin Ferron, 04/12/2008
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