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Erin Semine Kökdil

Erin Semine Kökdil

Documentary Film and Video
B.A., Smith College, 2012


Erin is a storyteller interested in expanding consciousness and inciting social change through the power of film. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Latin American Studies and Spanish from Smith College. In 2012, Erin moved to Guatemala where she served as the Executive Director of Maya Traditions, a non-profit social enterprise that works to provide economic opportunities and Fair Trade market access to indigenous female weavers and their families.  

While in Guatemala, Erin first began collaborating with a wide variety of filmmakers to capture the stories of local female artisans and share them with a global audience. Independently, Erin began volunteering with local grassroots organizations to create promotional videos to share both their work and voices with a larger audience. In 2016, Erin co-directed and produced the short documentary Recycled Huipiles: Unraveling Tradition?.This film is an ethical investigation of the use of used huipiles in mass production, and a call to action to preserve the ancient and intricate art of backstrap weaving in the Maya community.

Erin is interested in exploring the relationship between culture and politics, at the local level, as well as pursuing an understanding of societal and cultural life on a global level--reminding us how we are all interconnected. 


Mar 2017
Dec 2016


June 15, 2017

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium
March 21, 2017
Cubberley Auditorium
December 13, 2016

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium


February 20, 2018 to March 2, 2018
McMurtry Building; Gunn Foyer and Miller Discussion Space
January 17, 2017 to January 24, 2017
McMurtry Building

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