Ramona Diaz

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Ramona S. Diaz
NationalityFilipino American
EducationEmerson College (B.A.)
Alma materStanford University (M.A.)
Notable work

Ramona S. Diaz is a Filipino-American documentary filmmaker[1] best known for creating "character-driven documentaries".[2][3][4][5] Her notable works include the 2012 film Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey, featuring the band Journey and its new lead vocalist Arnel Pineda, which won the Audience Award for the 2013–2014 season of PBS's Independent Lens;[6] and the 2003 film Imelda, about the life of Imelda Marcos, former First Lady of the Philippines.[7][8][9]

Three of Diaz's films have screened at The Sundance Film Festival: Imelda, a biographical documentary about Imelda's beginnings as a beauty contest winner to the wife of rising politician and eventual President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos. Motherland, a documentary set at an overcrowded and under-resourced maternity hospital in Manila;[10] and most recently A Thousand Cuts a profile of Nobel laureate Maria Ressa, a journalist working in the Philippines, released in 2020.[11] Motherland received a Special Jury Award at Sundance in 2017 and premiered the same year at the Berlin International Film Festival.[12]



Year Award Festival Film
2013 Audience Award Palm Springs International Film Festival Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey
2017 Viktor Award Munich International Documentary Festival (DOK.fest) Motherland
2017 Editing Award Sundance Film Festival Motherland
2020 DocEdge Award Documentary Edge Festival A Thousand Cuts



  1. ^ "Susan Kouguell Talks with Motherland Documentary Filmmaker Ramona Diaz". Script Magazine. September 19, 2017.
  2. ^ "'Motherland': Ramona Diaz on the Many 'Leaps of Faith' That Got Her Film Into Sundance and Theaters". No Film School. September 9, 2017. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Ramona S. Diaz". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "A Conversation with Ramona Diaz (MOTHERLAND)". Hammer to Nail. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "Ramona S. Diaz". americanfilmshowcase.com. Los Angeles, CA: University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  6. ^ Phillips, Craig (June 30, 2014). "The Winner of 2013-2014 Independent Lens Audience Award Is..." Independent Lens. PBS.
  7. ^ 'Imelda': Don't Cry for Her. The Washington Post. Published on July 16, 2004. Retrieved on January 8, 2014.
  8. ^ For a Regal Pariah, Despite It All, the Shoe Is Never on the Other Foot. The New York Times. Published on June 9, 2004. Retrieved on January 8, 2014.
  9. ^ Keen, Adam (October 1, 2004). Film Review 2004–2005: The Definitive Film Yearbook. Reynolds & Hearn. ISBN 9781903111871.
  10. ^ "Motherland". www.sundance.org. Retrieved February 13, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "A Thousand Cuts". www.sundance.org. Retrieved February 13, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Motherland | ITVS". itvs.org. Retrieved February 13, 2020.
  13. ^ "Ramona S. Diaz". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-07-23.
  14. ^ "Ramona S. Diaz". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-07-23.
  15. ^ "Ramona S. Diaz". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-07-23.
  16. ^ "Ramona S. Diaz". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-07-23.