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Filmmaker Bio

Ramona S Diaz Ramona S. Diaz (Director) is an award-winning Asian-American filmmaker best known for compelling character-driven documentaries that combine a profound appreciation for cinematic aesthetics and potent storytelling. Her films have demonstrated her ability to gain intimate access to the people she films, resulting in keenly observed moments and nuanced narratives. While she has focused exclusively on stories of Filipinos and Filipino Americans, the themes of her stories are universal. Her films have screened and won awards at Sundance Film Festival, Berlinale International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and many other top-tier film festivals. She has received funding from ITVS, Center for Asian American Media, Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, MacArthur Foundation, Tribeca Film Institute, Catapult Film Fund and Chicken & Egg Pictures. All of her feature-length films -- Imelda, The Learning, Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey and Motherland -- have broadcast on either POV or Independent Lens on PBS. She has also served on numerous film festival juries and funding panels and served as a film envoy for the American Film Showcase, a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and University of Southern California that brings American films to audiences worldwide. She has conducted master classes and workshops all over the world and throughout the United States. In 2016, Ramona was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.