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Directed by Ramona S. Diaz

Filmmakers in attendance. Film program will be followed by Q&A.

Deep gratitude to all of our community organizations for the work that they lead. Special thanks to Asian American Documentary Network, Cinema Sala, FilAm Creative, and This Filipino American Life for their help in promoting this program.

In a decades-long nonfiction saga of the Philippines, director Ramona Diaz presents the latest chapter on her homeland as the despotic reign of President Rodrigo Duterte is coming to an end. And So It Begins proffers unbridled access to all the key players in the months leading up to the country’s 2022 presidential election. With her keen observational eye and deep knowledge of the socio-political history and landscape, Diaz continues to find her own forms of storytelling as political disruption.

Writer: Ramona S. Diaz
Producer: Ramona S. Diaz
Executive Producer: Linda and David Cornfield, Stephen Gong, Don Young, Lois Vossen, Carrie Lozano
Director of Photography: Bruce Sakaki
Editor: Aaron Soffin
Composer: Christian Almiron

Dates & Times


Democracy Center @ JANM

Thu, May 2
5:30 pm