Jenny Alexander is an independent documentary filmmaker. Her current project, “The Vigil” follows Gina, an undocumented single mother, as she becomes a leader of a peaceful vigil in the midst of America’s toughest battleground over immigration- Arizona. Through the lens of the ritualized vigil, the film reveals how faith and longstanding cultural traditions create a sense of hope for a community at the epicenter of a political firestorm.
Jenny’s previous film, “Detained” follows families in the immediate aftermath of the largest workplace immigration raid in Massachusetts. The raid took place at a factory in New Bedford where undocumented immigrant workers were making military vests for soldiers in Iraq. Footage edited while still shooting the film was used by Senator Ted Kennedy to reunite infants with mothers who were detained in the raid. The film was also used by the National Council of La Raza for a congressional committee exploring the impact of immigration raids on children and communities.
Jenny brings experience as a union and community organizer to her filmmaking, having worked for the United Farm Workers, the Sindicato Puertorriqueno de Trabajadores, and community organizations in Boston. As a producer for Northern Light Productions, she created a trio of short films profiling former political prisoners of China’s prisons and forced labor camps for the Laogai Museum in Washington, D.C. Her work at Northern Light also includes a film commissioned by the Martín Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights profiling organizations in El Salvador, Guatemala, and the Philippines that promote community healing from state-sponsored violence.
Jenny studied History and Biology at Oberlin College and has a master’s degree in film production from Boston University.