Kristal Sotomayor is a bilingual (English & Spanish) filmmaker and editor. Currently, she interning with the award-winning documentary film series POV | American Documentary that broadcasts on PBS. She is also a Film Scholar Fellow with Scribe Video Center, co-sponsored by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
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 is an experimental personal essay film that blends personal photographs and home videos to explore the complexities of immigration, language, and returning to the motherland. MORE→
Correinte, which means “current” of air or water in Spanish, is a bilingual experimental personal essay film that documents the memories, imagination, and ideas of a young Latina women learning to navigate her identities. MORE→
POST-PRODUCTION: Untitled Chifa Documentary
Supported by the Hanna Holborn Gray Undergraduate Research Fellowship at Bryn Mawr College.
The Hanna Holborn Gray Undergraduate Research Fellowship is a highly selective program giving 15 fellows a $4,500 stipend to spend the summer, under the guidance of a faculty advisor, conducting independent research. My research, “Translation of Chifa in Chinatown in Lima, Peru”, examines the history and importance of chifa, or Peruvian Chinese food. I spent two months researching, networking, and scouting locations to film four interviews with prominent Chinatown chefs and restaurant owners in Peru to create a documentary film on chifa. My research was presented at Bryn Mawr College as well as at the University of Pennsylvania Honors Diversity (PhD) Symposium (9/29/2016 to 10/1/2016).
PRE-PRODUCTION: Untitled Undocumented Immigrants Documentary
Supported by the Film Scholar Fellowship Program through Scribe Video Center. Special support for this program is provided by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The fellowship awards a full tuition scholarship to the inaugural class of Scribes Film Scholar’s program, a new comprehensive series of documentary production workshops. The program develops the skills to plan, raise funds, produce and complete new documentary media works. My documentary will be on undocumented immigration in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
From bilingual filmmaker to podcast storyteller, listen to the newest episode of Mixing It Up With Maggi and hear me tell a scary story from Peru!
Who is that on page seven of the newest edition of the Bryn Mawr Alumnae Magazine? Check out To Call It Home with Kristal Sotomayor ’17!
To My Motherland is accepted into the Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival! The Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival is a free one-day celebration dedicated to elevating voices and showcasing talent from historically underrepresented groups in mainstream media. The festival is located in Michigan at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA). In the past three years, the festival has received over 2,000 film submissions and welcomed over 3,000 people of all genders, races, ages, religions and abilities.