US based filmmaker and Huarpe descendent, Cristina Kotz Cornejo is guided by Huarpe leader, Maria Zalazar who introduces Cristina to the culture and ceremonies of modern day Huarpe descendents in what is now known as San Juan, Argentina in this short 360º personal documentary.
Cristina’s debut feature film, 3 Américas, premiered at the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival and has been widely screened, including participation in the IFP/NY Director’s Lab and a script competition in Havana, Cuba. Her short films and documentaries have also received international recognition, with her 360º film, the root is more important than the flower, earning a Special Jury Mention in Chile and being a finalist at the 2022 Cinequest’s Film and Creativity Festival. She is a two-time recipient of Moving Image Fund Grants from the LEF Foundation and has attended various prestigious programs such as the Sundance Institute’s 2004 Independent Producer’s Conference. Cristina holds an M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School, a M.A. from Antioch University, and a B.A. from the University of Southern California.