Founded in 1998, Chiapas Media Project was an award-winning partnership to enable marginalized indigenous communities in Southern Mexico to create their own media by providing video equipment and training. Chiapas Media Project collaborated closely with autonomous Zapatista communities, and in particular, with indigenous youth with little to no formal education. Often working without reliable electricity, these communities have produced videos on women's collectives, autonomous education, agricultural collectives, fair trade coffee, traditional healing and their history of struggle.
Since 1998, Chiapas Media Project has distributed over 6000 indigenous-produced videos. Chiapas Media Project is currently a project of the Americas Media Initiative.