Filmed amidst increasing violence and political unrest in Mexico and the rising anti-immigrant sentiment that took hold during and after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the voices of fiercely determined and hard-working women coalesce to offer a nuanced portrait of a transnational community. Ultimately, the film is a testament to the resiliency and ingenuity of uprooted people as they craft a life and a home fostered by ritual, relationship, and community rather than solely by geography.
"Ways of Being Home deftly illuminates the high costs the undocumented residents of Northfield have paid, while also roundly celebrating their humanity. Displacement is the heavy price paid and home means so much more than a geographic location in this moving film."
SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS
- Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Film Festival 2020
Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo is a documentary filmmaker, artist, and educator engaging rural communities in southern Minnesota in a multilayered exploration of home and belonging. Locally rooted yet globally minded, her work examines notions of belonging and the immigrant experience while exploring the traces of historical trauma on people and places.
An inaugural recipient of the 2020 McKnight Fellowship for Community-Engaged Artists, Cecilia’s work has received support from multiple organizations, including the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, and the Jerome Foundation. Her film work has shown at venues such as MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, Cine las Americas (Texas), L’Alternativa (Spain), InVideo (Italy), Melbourne Latin American Film Festival (Australia), Puerto Vallarta International Film Festival (Mexico) and Festival de Cine Pobre (Cuba). (09/21)
Directed by Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo in collaboration with the Latinx community of Northfied, Minnesota
Cinematography: Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo, Fernando Saldivia Yáñez, George Zuccolotto
Members of the Mexican immigrant community in Northfield, Minnesota, Father Dennis Dempsey
Familia Rosas, Antonia Jiménez Toxpán, María de Jesús Agapito Rivera, Guillermina Rosas Pérez
Direct Sound: Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo, Fernando Saldivia Yáñez, George Zuccolotto
Animation: José Adrián García Orozco
Editing & Sound Design: Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo,
Sound Mix: Jay Beck
Theme Song: George Zuccolotto
Color Grading: Alex Kaufman
Additional Photography: Jay Beck
Drone Photography: Heriberto Rosas
Additional Color Grading: Alan Zheng
Closed Captions: Alan Zheng
Research Assistant: Fernando Saldivia Yáñez
Graphic Design: Michael McPherson