Ramona S. Diaz

Ramona S. Diaz is an award-winning Asian American filmmaker best known for her 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—be they rock stars, first ladies, dissidents, teachers or mothers —resulting in keenly observed moments and nuanced narratives. While she has focused on stories of Filipinos and Filipino Americans, the themes of Ramona’s films are universal. Her films have screened and won awards at Sundance, the Berlinale, Tribeca, Silverdocs, IDFA, and many other top-tier film festivals. She has received funding from ITVS, CAAM, Sundance, and MacArthur Foundation among others. All of Ramona’s feature-length films have been broadcast on either POV or Independent Lens on PBS. Her latest film, Motherland, won an award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and had its international premiere at the Berlinale. It was nominated for an Independent Spirit Awards for Best Documentary. Ramona was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in 2016. She is a current recipient of a Women at Sundance Fellowship and a Chicken & Egg Pictures Breakthrough Filmmaker Award.