Kristal Sotomayor Headshot_Photo by Dan PapaKristal Sotomayor is a bilingual Latinx documentary filmmaker, festival programmer, and freelance journalist based in Philadelphia. Drawing inspiration from their Peruvian heritage, Kristal’s community-based work practice focuses on Latinidad, immigration, and belonging. They aim to decolonize documentary by practicing transformative filmmaking that humanizes and validates the lived experiences of underrepresented communities.

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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



Lenfest Next Generation Fund Award Winner

Lenfest has announced the second class of The Lenfest Next Generation Fund. The 25 NextGen award winners are Philadelphia-area professional and student journalists of color who will receive grants to attend the national professional development conference of their choice and receive related support from The Lenfest Institute for Journalism. READ MORE.  

IDA Magazine Editorial Fellow

IDA’s editorial fellows will participate in the Documentary magazine planning process and help bring a wider range of voices and perspectives to the publication’s coverage of the documentary field. Fellows receive an annual stipend to write articles for publication, participate in editorial meetings, attend mentorship sessions, and attend IDA’s Getting Real conference in September. READ …