University of Pittsburgh
January 31, 2007

Pitt to Host Film Screening and Discussion With Latin American Filmmakers Feb. 8

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-The University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences' Departments of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and English will present "Indigenous Filmmaking and Political Organizing in Latin America: Case Studies From Chiapas and Oaxaca," including a film screening and discussion with filmmakers Alexandra Halkin and Juan José García Ortiz. The event will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 8 in the Alumni Hall Auditorium, 4227 Fifth Ave., Oakland.

An independent documentary producer, Halkin is the founder and international coordinator for the Chiapas Media Project, which is a binational U.S./Mexico partnership working to provide video, computer equipment, and technological training to indigenous communities in Chiapas, Mexico. She received a 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship for her work.

Ortiz is program director of the Ojo de Agua Comunicación Indigena video collective in Oaxaca City. In 2003, he was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Media Fellowship for his video work in the Chinanteca region of northern Oaxaca State, Mexico.

Other sponsors for this free public event are Pitt's Film Studies Program, Center for Latin American Studies, Global Studies Program, and Office of the Provost. For more information,

e-mail Salomé Aguilera Skvirsky at