Ramona S. Diaz

Ramona S. Diaz is an award-winning Asian-American filmmaker whose films have screened atSundance, the Berlinale, Tribeca, the Viennale, IDFA, and many other top-tier film festivals. Her latest documentary, A Thousand Cuts, a gripping look at Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war and courageous journalist Maria Ressa’s fight to hold him accountable, is out now. All of Ramona’s feature-length films — Imelda (2004), The Learning (2011), Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (2012) and Motherland (2017) — have been broadcast on PBS, on either the POV or Independent Lens series. Motherland won an award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, had its international premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary,. She has received funding from ITVS, Sundance, MacArthur Foundation, the IDA, and Creative Capital, among others, was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) in 2016. Ramona is a graduate of Emerson College and holds an MA from Stanford University.


Sometimes Life Happens

By Ramona S. Diaz | August 19, 2020

Sometimes Life Happens

Ramona S. Diaz on her new documentary, A Thousand Cuts, and the impossibility of filmmakers always remaining impartial observers.