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October, 2020

Public Toe Tag Event

Over the past weeks, we have facilitated toe tag events for courses at St. Olaf College. It has been remarkable engaging students as they encounter the work of Hostile Terrain 94 and learn more about migrant death at the US/Mexico border.

We are looking forward to opening our process back to the public! Virtual programming continues with the forth public toe tag event to raise awareness, commemorate and advocate for the migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

The event will include a brief history of Hostile Terrain 94 and the filling out of toe tags. Each toe tag represents a migrant who died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

September, 2020

Undocumented Migration Project Presents: Border South

The Undocumented Migration Project in conjunction with Hostile Terrain 94 will be screening the film Border South from Thursday, September 24 starting at 3:00 PM (CDT) through Friday, September 25 ending at 3:00 PM (CDT).

The film will be accompanied by the a live Q&A session with Director Raúl O. Pastrana and Producer Jason De León taking place on Friday, September 25 at 4:00 PM (CDT).

Gain access to the film (accessible in Spanish and English) and register for the Q&A

Live Q&A with Cecilia Cornejo

We have the pleasure to be talking to Cecilia Cornejo, director of CREANDO HOGAR (WAYS OF BEING HOME) on Saturday, September 5 at 11:00 AM (CDT) and on Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00 PM. You are invited to view the sessions on our Facebook page and submit questions via the comment section. We will also be taking questions via Instagram story.

Sessions are accessible in Spanish and English.

Director’s Bio

Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo is a Chilean-American documentary filmmaker, artist, and educator based in Northfield, Minnesota. 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. 

Cecilia was recently chosen as an inaugural recipient of the 2020 McKnight Fellowship for Community-Engaged Artists and has received funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Jerome Foundation in support of her film work. She is also the recipient of a National Association of Latino Arts and Culture grant (2019) and a Mellon grant through Carleton College (2018) for the multiplatform endeavor The Wandering House, currently in production. Cecilia’s work has screened at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, Athens International Film Festival, Cine Las Américas, Melbourne Latin American Film Festival, InVideo (Milan), L’Alternativa (Barcelona), Festival de Cine Pobre (Cuba), and many other venues. She holds an MFA in Film and Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches filmmaking at Carleton College in Northfield.

Ways of Being Home by Cecilia Cornejo

We are excited to announce a collaboration between Cecilia Cornejo and Hostile Terrain 94 at St. Olaf! We are hosting an exclusive film screening of Creando Hogar (Ways of Being Home) by Cecilia Cornejo on Wednesday, September 2 at 12:00 PM (CDT). The film will be available through Thursday, September 10, 12:00 PM (CDT). Film screenings will be accompanied by two live Q&A sessions with Cecilia Cornejo on Saturday, September 5 at 11:00 AM (CDT) and Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00 PM. Access films above!

NOTE: The film will be available in Spanish and English. The Q&A sessions will also accommodate Spanish and English speakers.

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.


While the film is brought to you free of charge, the film’s director asks you to consider making a donation to Northfield Supporting Neighbors (NSN). Funds donated to NSN are used to support Northfield residents who have needs that fall outside the usual human services resources. These may be legal or social issues stemming from immigration concerns.

To donate, follow these two simple steps:

  1. Go to the Northfield Community Action Center DONATE page (NSN’s fiscal
    sponsor).  https://communityactioncenter.org/donate/
  2. Choose an amount and select OTHER to designate your funds to go to NSN.

Mil Gracias!

Toe Tag Event

The virtual programming continues with the third public toe tag event to raise awareness, commemorate and advocate for the migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid 1990s and 2019.

The event will include brief history on Hostile Terrain 94 and the filling out of toe tags. Each toe tag represents a migrant who died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

July, 2020

Resistance Art: Guide and Q&A

Join our team as we use the elements from nature to create art that is both temporary in practice and permanent in process.

The team will be going live on Facebook on Saturday, July 25 starting at 12:00 PM CDT.

Toe Tag Event

Join the second virtual session to raise awareness, commemorate and advocate for the migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid 1990s and 2019.

The event will include brief history on Hostile Terrain 94 and the filling out of toe tags. Each toe tag represents a migrant who died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019.

Virtual Launch

Join the Hostile Terrain 94 to raise awareness, commemorate and advocate for the migrants who have died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid 1990s and 2019.

The event will include brief history on Hostile Terrain 94 and the filling out of toe tags. Each toe tag represents a migrant who died trying to cross the Sonoran Desert of Arizona between the mid-1990s and 2019. 

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