Cecilia Cornejo

Cecilia Cornejo is a Chilean-American documentary filmmaker, artist and educator engaging rural communities in southern Minnesota in a multilayered exploration of home and belonging. Known for placing community members at the center of the creative process, she uses a range of approaches and production methodologies to engage them as active participants and co-creators of meaning. Locally rooted yet globally minded, Cecilia’s 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 the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundation, the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, the Jerome Foundation, and the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council. She teaches filmmaking in Northfield, the occupied ancestral land of the Wahpekute Band of the Dakota Nation. (08/21)

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I Wonder What You Will Remember of September


A film by Cecilia Cornejo, 2004, 27 min, Color/BW

Cecilia Cornejo presents a haunting personal response to the events of September 11, 2001, informed and complicated by her status as a Chilean citizen living in the U.S. With evocative imagery from both past and present, Cornejo weaves together her own fading childhood memories, her parents vivid recollections of the September 11, 1973 coup in…

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