Monteforte has been a key figure in the development
of indigenous video in southern Mexico. A documentary videomaker,
editor and cameraman, Monteforte was a founding director of Oaxaca's
Centro de Video Indígena (CVI), which opened as a result
of a program developed in 1990 by the Instituto Nacional Indigenista-now
the Comisión Nacional para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos
Indígenas de México. Monteforte is a founder and
active member of the media organization Ojo de Agua Comunicación.
He is widely recognized for his work in video production and training
in indigenous communities and his efforts to bring together indigenous
producers in workshops to share skills and discuss issues. He
has also been a mentor to developing media organizations. Monteforte
received a National Video Resources' Media Arts Fellowship in
1999. In 1998 he received a fellowship from Ashoka, an international
non-governmental organization that funds cultural innovators.
Born in Italy, Monteforte grew up in El Salvador, Guatemala and
Canada, and has been living in Mexico since 1986.
Screened by NMAI
Guillermo Monteforte - photograph by Amalia Cordova, NMAI; Guillermo
Monteforte - courtesy of Ojo de Agua Comunicación