DOK.horizonte Competition – Cinema of Urgency


USA 2024 – Director: Ramona S. Diaz – Original version with English subtitles – Length: 99 min.

  • Sa., 11.05.24
    HFF - Kino 1

As vice president, “Leni” had to put up with the brutality of the outgoing Philippines president. The film shows how she addresses this with a smile and stands by her motto, “love is radical” between pink musical numbers and tenacious campaigning. In all cases, the enthusiasm with which she takes on the uneven political battle between her and the son of the former dictator Marcos is radical. Sara Gómez



Ramona S. Diaz was born in the Philippines and frequently returns to the motherland in her films. She works as a director, producer and screenwriter and has won numerous awards in her decades-long career, including at the Sundance Film Festival. She has received prestigious fellowships such as the Guggenheim Fellowship, the United States Artist and the Creative Capital Fellowship.

Filmography (selection)

A THOUSANDS CUTS, US 2020, 99 min.
MOTHERLAND, US 2017, 94 min.
POV, 2011, 1 Episode


Nominated for the DOK.horizonte Competition – Cinema of Urgency

The films in this series tell stories from countries in transition. They are supported by ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL with funds from the BMZ and are nominated for the VIKTOR DOK.horizonte Competition, endowed with 5,000 euros. The award donor is the Petra-Kelly-Stiftung.


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Production: Ramona S.Diaz. Producer: Ramona S.Diaz. International Sales: Cinephil

  • Sa., 11.05.24
    HFF - Kino 1