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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POST-PRODUCTION: Expanding Sanctuary (2019)


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)


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)


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)


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→



POV Bill Nye Promos
POV Bill Nye Facebook Live
POV Quest Filmmaker Interview


ITVS From Fashion to Food and Beyond
Submittable 4 Ways to Continue Supporting Your Passion For Film
ITVS Visualizing The Modern Digital Age


Behind The Screens Panel
Decolonizing Visual Anthropology Guest Speaker
A Conversation With Panel



Good Pitch Local Philadelphia Media Maker Grant
Leeway Art & Change Grant
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



ITVS Article

So excited to have interviewed director Hao Wu of People’s Republic of Desire for ITVS! Learn about the innovative visualization of modern digital communications: “In the land of memes, baby photos, and selfies, social media can serve many purposes for users. Social media not only connects friends and families who are wide distances apart but …

To My Motherland on Comcast Xfinity

My film To My Motherland is on Comcast Xfinity On Demand! Stream the film anywhere around the globe! Thank you Philadelphia Latino Film Festival for the opportunity to show my film to international audiences.

Presenting at Social Media Marketing Workshop with Vision Driven Artists

Vision Driven Artists has teamed up with The Rotunda to bring resources and capacity-building workshops to self-producing artists/musicians, arts organization staff, and event curators in all disciplines. On June 10, 2019, I facilitated a Social Media Marketing workshop where I talk about the advantages of using various social media channels, gained new tips and tricks …