Ramona Diaz

She is a Filipino-American filmmaker who is known for her skill in making documentaries that present powerful storytelling colored with beautiful aesthetics. Her ability to connect with people from all walks of life, from rock stars to teachers, to former first ladies, to firebrands, has helped her carve her own niche as a director.

Motherland (2017)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
Taking us into the heart of the planet’s busiest maternity hospital, the viewer is dropped like an unseen outsider into the hospital’s stream of activity. At first, the people are strangers. As the film continues, it’s absorbingly intimate, rendering the women at the heart of the story increasingly familiar.

Role
Director

Notown (2016)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
NOTOWN is a journey into the soul of Flint and Detroit’s water crisis as the former sweetheart of Motown Music and the booming car industry rises up to fight a new unprecedented civil rights battle of global significance: the right to clean water.

Role
Director

Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (2013)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey follows the real life rock ‘n’ roll fairy tale of Filipino singer Arnel Pineda, who was plucked from YouTube to become the frontman for the iconic American rock band Journey. In this Cinderella story for the ages, Arnel, having overcome a lifetime’s worth of hardships, must now navigate the immense pressures of replacing a legendary singer and leading a world-renowned band on their most extensive world tour in years.

Role
Writer | Director

Production House
Arcady Bay Entertainment

Give Up Tomorrow (2011)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
When a teenager from a political family in the Philippines is accused of a double murder, the country’s entire judicial system is put to the test after years of alleged corruption.

Role
Writer | Director | Producer

Awards
Antenna Documentary Festival Audience Choice Award

Imelda (2003)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
A “beyond the shoes” documentary on the former first lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos.

Role
Director

Awards
International Documentary Association Video Source Award

Cadillac Desert (1997)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
The amazing transformation of the American Southwest in the 20th century, from desert to oasis.

Role
Director

Spirits Rising (1996)

Film type: DOCUMENTARY

Synopsis
A feature documentary about women’s role in the 1986 People Power revolution in the Philippines.

Role
Director

Awards
1996 Student Academy Awards, USA Bronze Medal

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