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Join us for a livestream Q&A on A THOUSAND CUTS with filmmaker Ramona S. Diaz and special guest Maria Ressa in conversation with Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Emmy-nominated filmmaker.

Presented in partnership with the Asian American Film Festival Collective: Asian American International Film Festival, Austin Asian American Film Festival, Boston Asian American Film Festival, CAAMFest, DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, HAAPIFEST, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, and Seattle Asian American Film Festival

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. A leading voice for the human rights of immigrants, he founded the non-profit media and culture organization Define American, named one of the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company. His best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was published by HarperCollins in 2018. Most recently, he co-produced Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me, which was nominated for two 2019 Tony awards, including “Best Play.”

A journalist in Asia for nearly 35 years, Maria Ressa co-founded Rappler, the top digital only news site that is leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines. As Rappler’s executive editor and CEO, Maria has endured constant political harassment and arrests by the Duterte government, forced to post bail eight times to stay free. Rappler’s battle for truth and democracy is the subject of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival documentary A THOUSAND CUTS. For her courage and work on disinformation and “fake news,” Maria was named Time Magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year, was among its 100 Most Influential People of 2019, and has also been named one of Time’s Most Influential Women of the Century.

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.

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Directed by Ramona S. Diaz

Journalist Maria Ressa risks her life and freedom as an outspoken critic of Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.

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Sun, Oct 25
5:00 pm