Ways of Being Home ~ Between Northfield & Maltrata (English Subtitles)


Digital Screening Room Thu, May 7, 2020 12:00 PM
Digital Screening Room Fri, May 15, 2020
Ticket Prices
General Public:$10.00
Film Info
Programs:Cine Latino
Minnesota Made
Women & Film
Women Directors
Human Rights
Social Justice
Culture & Society
Release Year:2020
Runtime:76 min
Director:Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo
Cinematographer:Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo
Fernando Saldivia Yáñez
George Zuccolotto
Screenwriter:Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo
Editor:Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo
Composer:George Zuccolotto
Filmography:Making Noise ~ The story of a skatepark (2016)


Available to Watch May 15 at 11:00 AM - May 23 11:59 PM | Access to MSPIFF39 Redefined is geo-restricted to viewers in Minnesota and a MN billing address is required to purchase a ticket.

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Ways of Being Home explores the immigrant experience from the perspective of the Mexican community living in Northfield, a college town in southern Minnesota. Most members of this immigrant community, about 70% or more, trace their roots back to Maltrata, a small agricultural municipality nestled in the mountains of the state of Veracruz.

Filmed between 2016 and 2019, Ways of Being Home moves between both towns to draw attention to the geographical and emotional displacement experienced by the immigrant community as well as their resilience, ingenuity, and fierce determination. Made in close and constant collaboration with community members, Ways of Being Home offers a nuanced portrayal of the ways displaced people craft a life and a home away from home.

Director Biography

Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo is a Chilean-born documentary filmmaker, artist, and teacher who lives and works in Northfield, Minnesota. She has degrees from the University of Iowa and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her first feature is Making Noise: The Story of a Skatepark (2018).