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Kristal Sotomayor bilingual documentary filmmaker and editorKristal Sotomayor is a bilingual (English & Spanish) director and cinematographer based in Philadelphia. Currently, she is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator for Scribe Video Center and a Festival Programming Coordinator with the Philadelphia Latino Film Festival. In addition, she is working on a documentary about the Latinx immigrant community in Philadelphia.

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FILMS

POST-PRODUCTION: Expanding Sanctuary (2019)

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SYNOPSIS
A short documentary that follows the historic campaign to end the sharing of police database information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) led by the Latinx immigrant community and Juntos, a Latinx immigrant rights nonprofit, in South Philadelphia. MORE→

Sin Papeles, Sin Pertenecer (Summer 2017)

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A non-existent piece of paper is the difference between a family and a broken home. A daughter discovers that her mom is an undocumented immigrant. As this harsh reality sets in, she searches desperately for any means to prevent her mother’s separation. Only a document threatens her mother’s belonging. MORE→

To My Motherland (Fall 2016)

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SYNOPSIS
To My Motherland is a personal essay film that blends personal photographs and home videos to explore the complexities of immigration, language, and returning to the motherland. MORE→

Corriente (Fall 2015)

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SYNOPSIS
Correinte, which means “current” of air or water in Spanish, is a bilingual personal essay film that documents the memories, imagination, and ideas of a young Latina women learning to navigate her identity. MORE→

FEATURED WORK

POV Bill Nye Promos
POV Bill Nye Facebook Live
POV Bill Nye Filmmaker Interview
POV Quest Filmmaker Interview
POV Bill Nye Promos
POV Swim Team Filmmaker Interview
POV Motherland Filmmaker Interview
POV Do Not Resist Filmmaker Interview

Accolades

Good Pitch Local Philadelphia Media Maker Project Presenter
Double Exposure Festival Scholarship
Scribe Video Center Film Scholar Fellowship
HCAH Flaherty Seminar Student Fellowship
NextDoc Emerging Filmmaker Fellowship
Bryn Mawr College Film Studies Program Fellowship
Haverford College Digital Storytelling Workshop
Hanna Holborn Gray Fellowship

NEWS

Scribe Video Center Annual Appeal Video

As part of their Annual Appeal campaign, Scribe Video Center produced videos showcasing different programs and members. Check out this video showcasing our Film Scholars Program, a series of courses designed to guide emerging documentary filmmakers from conceptualization through completion of their projects. Kristal Sotomayor is a 2017-2018 Film Scholar Program participant in post-production on …

Presenting Film at Good Pitch Local Philadelphia

Good Pitch Local Philadelphia is a day-long networking event showcasing short-form non-fiction media projects that are deeply relevant to Philadelphia and Pennsylvania. An opportunity for organizers to connect with media makers within their communities in a model of radical creative collaboration. It was such an honor to present my documentary at Good Pitch Local! The …