Ramona S.

Ramona S. Diaz
Documentary Filmmaker
Baltimore, MD
2019 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Paul and Annette Smith.

Ramona S. Diaz is an award-winning Asian American filmmaker whose films have screened at Sundance, the Berlinale, Tribeca, the Viennale, IDFA, and many other top-tier film festivals. All of Diaz’s feature-length films—Imelda (2004), The Learning (2011), Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (2012), and Motherland (2017)—have broadcast on either POV or Independent Lens on PBS. Her latest film, the aforementioned Motherland, won an award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and had its international premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. It was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, a Peabody Award, and a Gawad Urian Award from the Filipino Film Critics.

For the past four years, Diaz 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. She has conducted master classes and production workshops all over the world. Diaz was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) in 2016. She is a current recipient of a Women at Sundance Fellowship and a Chicken & Egg Pictures Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. Diaz is a graduate of Emerson College and holds an MA from Stanford University.

Portrait photo by Justin Tsucalas.