Ramona Diaz
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Ramona S. Diaz is a Filipino 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. Her films have screened and won awards at Sundance, the Berlinale, Tribeca, the Viennale, IDFA, and many other top-tier film festivals. All of Ramona's feature-length films – Imelda (2004), The Learning (2011), Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (2012) - have broadcast on either POV or Independent Lens on PBS. Her latest film, Motherland (2017), won an award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and had its international premiere at the Berlinale. It was nominated for both an Independent Spirit Award and a Peabody Award. For the past four years, Ramona has been a film envoy for the American Film Showcase, a joint program of the U.S. Department of State and the USC School of Cinematic Arts that brings American films to audiences worldwide. Ramona was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) in 2016, one of only a handful of Filipinos invited to join the AMPAS. She is a current recipient of a Women at Sundance Fellowship and a Chicken & Egg Pictures Breakthrough Filmmaker Award.