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What do you get when you don’t stop making films about your motherland? You get a full spectrum of documentary films by Ramona Diaz like IMELDA, DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY, and MOTHERLAND. Her work is a celebrated balance of storytelling grace and a fierce pursuit of truth with First Ladies, rockstars, and freedom writers. Meet the prolific filmmaker Ramona Diaz in a special fireside chat as she talks about her own journey into documentary filmmaking and how she never stopped believin’.

Some of Ramona's films are available for viewing prior to the event:

Click here to watch IMELDA


Click here to watch MOTHERLAND

Co-presented with: Cinema Sala


Marie Jamora (Host)

Marie Jamora is a musician-director whose stories often explore the rhythms of youth through music. Recently named one of the “Five Visionary Asian American Female Filmmakers” in Kore Magazine's “New Hollywood” issue, her short film, FLIP THE RECORD, screened at over thirty festivals worldwide, winning the Grand Jury Awards for "Best Narrative Short" at Urbanworld and the St. Louis International Film Festival. It was also submitted for consideration at the 90th Academy Awards. Her acclaimed first feature, WHAT ISN'T THERE, premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival and has been considered one of the Top 10 Filipino Films of the 2010s. She is the executive producer and director of FAMILY STYLE, an Asian food and pop culture show with Justin Lin's YOMYOMF and Warner Bros/Stage 13. Marie is the first Filipina director to be accepted into AFI's Directing Workshop for Women, where she wrote and directed HARANA, a proof of concept for her next feature film.

Ramona S. Diaz

Ramona S. Diaz is an award-winning filmmaker whose films have screened at Sundance, Berlinale, Tribeca, Viennale, IDFA, and many other top-tier film festivals. All of Diaz’s feature-length films (IMELDA, DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY, MOTHERLAND) have broadcast on either POV or Independent Lens on PBS. 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.