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And So It Begins

Ramona S. Diaz


Director, And So It Begins

A Peabody, Gotham, IDA, Emmy award-winning, PGA, and Independent Spirit award-nominated Asian American filmmaker. Ramona’s films have been screened and won awards at Sundance, Berlin, Busan, Tribeca, SXSW, IDFA, HotDocs, and other top-tier film festivals. Her independently-produced films — Imelda (Independent Lens, 2004), The Learning (POV, 2011), Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (Independent Lens, 2012), Motherland (POV, 2017), A Thousand Cuts (Frontline, 2020)—have been nationally broadcast on PBS, Arte, and the BBC amongst others. Ramona is both a Guggenheim Fellow and a USA Fellow and was recently named the inaugural McGurn Family Trust Resident in Film by the American Academy in Rome. In 2017, she received a Women at Sundance Fellowship, a Creative Capital Award, and a Chicken & Egg Pictures Filmmaker Award. Ramona is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences and the Producers and Writers Guilds of America. Her latest film, And So It Begins, premiered at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival.