This Spring 2011 Chiapas Media Project (CMP) is proud to be partnering with TV Serrana, to organize their first US tour. TV Serrana is the award winning community media project that trains youth from the Sierra Maestra in video production so they can tell the stories of their communities and culture. In the 17 years since it’s founding, TV Serrana has produced close to 500 documentaries that have won numerous national and international awards.
The tour will be the inaugural event of the new Americas Media Initiative/Cuba Media Project, which will promote the work of independent and community media being produced in contemporary Cuba. The goal is to present a Cuban reality rarely seen in the US, and increase dialogue and understanding between US citizens and Cubans.
The TV Serrana tour will take place mid-March to mid-April and will visit universities and community media centers across the US. We are inviting filmmaker, Carlos Rodriguez, who will screen the documentaries and discuss different aspects of the work of TV Serrana. A selection of TV Serrana's productions will be screened that will provide an historical survey of their work. All videos will be subtitled in English and presentations can be done in English or Spanish. Alexandra Halkin, CMP Founding Director and Founder of the Cuba Media Project will be accompanying Carlos on the tour. Alexandra is a former Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellow and documentary filmmaker with over 20 years of experience working with indigenous and campesino communities in the Americas.