Ways of Being Home - Live Q&A



Home Viewing Sat, May 23, 2020 1:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:FREE EVENT
Film Info
Is Q&A:True
Runtime:30 min


Saturday, May 23 at 1:00pm: Join MSPIFF, Ways of Being Home director Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo, and writer Victoria Blanco for a live Q&A and conversation about the film and to take your questions.

MSPIFF teams up with the Loft Literary Center to present a conversation on the Loft's spring 2020 theme: Boundaries & Border-Crossings. MSPIFF featured director Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo (Ways of Being Home, 2020) and nonfiction writer Victoria Blanco (Out of the Sierra, forthcoming) join the Loft's Rachel Yang for a conversation on the many boundaries that artists cross, maintain, and respect in longform nonfiction and documentary work.

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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).

About the film


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.