Ramona Diaz: 2018 Breakthrough Award Recipient
Ramona 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 exclusively on stories of Filipinos and Filipino Americans, the themes of Ramona’s stories are universal. Her films have screened and won awards at the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlinale, and the Tribeca Film Festival, among others. All four of Ramona’s 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. Ramona is a graduate of Emerson College and has an MA in Documentary Filmmaking from Stanford University. Recently she was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.