A THOUSAND CUTS
by Ramona S. Diaz
Nowhere is the worldwide erosion of democracy, fueled by social media disinformation campaigns, more starkly evident than in the authoritarian regime of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Journalist Maria Ressa places the tools of the free press—and her freedom—on the line in defense of truth and democracy. Produced, written and directed by Ramona S. Diaz (IMELDA, MOTHERLAND).
Director: Ramona S. Diaz
Screenwriter: Ramona S. Diaz
Editor: Leah Marino
Cinematography: Gabriel Goodenough
Original Score: Sam Lipman
Producers: Ramona S. Diaz, Leah Marino, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn
Executive Producers: Laurene Powell Jobs, Davis Guggenheim, Nicole Stott, Jonathan Silberberg, David Cornfield, Linda Cornfield
DIRECTOR - RAMONA S. DIAZ
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 Ramona's feature-length films — I MELDA (2004), THE LEARNING (2011), DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’: EVERYMAN’S JOURNEY (2012) and her latest film, MOTHERLAND (2017) — have been broadcast on PBS, on either the POV or Independent Lens series. 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 for Best Documentary, a Peabody Award, and a Gaward Urian Award from the Filipino Film Critics. She has received funding from ITVS, Sundance, CAAM, Tribeca, Catapult Film Fund, Chicken & Egg, MacArthur Foundation, the IDA, Cinereach and Creative Capital, among others.
For the past four years, Ramona 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. Ramona was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) in 2016, and in 2017 received a Women at Sundance Fellowship and a Chicken & Egg Pictures Breakthrough Filmmaker Award. She is a current recipient of a United States Artist Fellowship. Ramona is a graduate of Emerson College and holds an MA from Stanford University.
SUNDANCE 2020〡SXSW 2020〡SAN FRANCISCO IFF 2020〡HOT DOCS 2020〡FULL FRAME 2020〡AFI DOCS - BEST DOCUMENTARY WINNER〡DOCEDGE 2020 - BEST DOCUMENTARY WINNER〡DOC NYC 2020〡IDFA 2020
"A gripping film profiling a remarkable journalist."
- Los Angeles Times
"Highly relevant... a political thriller."
"Absorbing... a kaleidoscopic dissection of how information courses through the country."
- New York Times Critic's Pick
"Essential... an immersive political documentary."
- The Hollywood Reporter