Cuban Visions:
ABOUT THE Programmer

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. In 2004, Alexandra was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the Latin American Indigenous Video Initiative (LAIVI). And 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 nonprofit organization that works with Cuban filmmakers living in Cuba. In March 2012, she collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art Department of Film on a U.S. documentary shorts program, Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias, that traveled to five towns in Cuba. In February 2013, Alexandra co-organized the New Cuban Shorts Program, part of the Documentary Fortnight Series at the MoMA. In 2014, AMI did the third Closing Distances/Cerrando Distancias tour with the PBS documentary series, POV and then Executive Producer, Simon Kilmurry. Alexandra is currently consulting with a number of Cuban documentary filmmakers and assisting them with their productions, which cover a wide range of contemporary issues.