Alexandra Isles spent her summers with her grandmother in Denmark and the rest of the year in New York where her father was a permanent member of the Danish Mission to the United Nations and her mother was an editor at VOGUE.
As a child she hated school but always had her nose in a book. Growing up as a U.N. brat honed her sensitivity to injustice and a theme running through all her work is social justice and dignity for the outsider.
Her documentaries are as notable for the memorable personalities interviewed as they are for the richness of the archival material. Isles’s passion for research was developed during her years as a Researcher and then Assistant Curator at New York’s Museum of Radio & Television, now the Paley Center of Media.
After THE POWER OF CONSCIENCE (1992), she produced and directed SCANDALIZE MY NAME (1999) about the blacklisting of African-American performers during the Red Scare; PORRAIMOS: Europe’s Gypsies in the Holocaust (2002); THE HEALING GARDENS OF NEW YORK (2007); HIDDEN TREASURES: Stories from a Great Museum (2011); and HARRY'S GIFT (2016).
She has also been an interviewer for Stephen Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Project and an ESL tutor at the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. She is currently a volunteer school guide at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.