Chiapas Media Project/Promedios 20th Anniversary Tour, Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., The Nickelodeon Theatre (210 Lincoln Street, Santa Cruz)

August 16, 2018

By , Director, Research Center for the Americas 

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Started in 1998, the ground-breaking, award-winning, bi-national indigenous media organization Chiapas Media Project/Promedios will tour the U.S. in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Join us to welcome the tour in Santa Cruz on Tuesday, October 16 at the Nickelodeon Theater. There will be four screenings of short documentary films focused on indigenous rights and human rights, produced in the Mexican states of Guerrero and Chihuahua, as well as screenings of old and new Zapatista films. Accompanying the tour will be CMP/Promedios co-founders Alexandra Halkin and Francisco Vázquez. A Q&A with the co-founders will proceed the screenings, moderated by Professor T.J. Demos of the History of Art and Visual Culture Department.

Space is limited, we strongly encourage pre-registering below. Please arrive approximately 15 minutes before show time to secure your seat. We will begin admitting people on the waitlist at 7:05 p.m.

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Alexandra Halkin

Co-Founder of Chiapas Media Project, Documentary Filmmaker, and Director of the 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. During this time she also produced five short documentaries in collaboration with Mexican human rights organizations - some winning international awards. Alexandra’s chapter, Outside the Indigenous Lens: Zapatistas and Autonomous Videomaking was published in the book, Global Indigenous Media, 2008. In 2010, Alexandra founded the Americas Media Initiative (AMI) a non-profit organization that works with Cuban filmmakers living in Cuba. In March 2012, Alexandra collaborated with the Museum of Modern Art Department of Film on a US 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 has co-written and collaborated on several articles about Cuban independent filmmaking published in the New York Times, The Nation, LASAForum, NACLA and Filmmaker Magazine.


Francisco Esau Vazquez Mota

Co-founder and Executive Director of Chiapas Media Project

Paco was born in the indigenous Nahua-Momoxca community of San Pablo Oztotepec south of Mexico City. He has studied photography at the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM) and worked as a photographer and environmental activist in his hometown, winning the National Youth Prize for environmental protection in 1996. In 1998, he co-founded the Chiapas Media Project and has served as its Executive Director since 2003. For the past 20 years, Francisco has contributed to the democratization of media in Chiapas: training indigenous communities in media production, helping establishing Indymedia Chiapas in 2001 and providing technical support for community media projects throughout the state. Currently, he is working on the Chulel Project, a server that enables the sharing of multimedia materials for human rights organizations, indigenous communities, journalists and social activists lacking digital security and Internet connectivity.

This event is co-sponsored by Merrill College, Oakes College, and Film+Digital Media at UC Santa Cruz.