Arise! My Beloved: An Intimate Look at Cloistered Life (2022)
Documentary Short — Status: Seeking Funding
Executive Producer: Ramona S. Diaz


On the sleepy shores of Carmel, CA a group of elderly cloistered Catholic sisters live, never leaving their homes for the sake of silence and prayer for their entire lives. Arise! My Beloved is a rare access (by way of the Vatican) verité driven film that opens the doors to a hidden—expansive, yet dying world. This film explores the nuances of intergenerational friendships, aging, race, catholicism, and the work of solitude, questioning modern conservative Christian beliefs.
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Funding:
CAAM Documentary Fund Recipient

Sundance Institute Uprise Grantee



Malditas (2021)
Documentary Short | Watch on the PBS App


Two Filipinx cousins, three years apart, meet in a rural Florida cemetery, and grapple with what remains of their hometown dreams after the loss of one of their fathers during the pandemic. “Malditas'' is a short documentary that combines interviews, archive and verite footage to explore the tension between losing a parent in a highly Catholic Filipino community, the foreverness of childhood and the possibilities of growing deeper in faith through grief while in the most conservative county in North Florida.
Film Festivals:
San Diego Filipino Film Festival (2022)
New Orleans Film Festival (2022)
Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival (2022)
Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (2022)
CAAMFest (2022)


Niceville (2021)
Narrative Short

(Coming of Age, Drama) This film chronicles the formative summer of a 17-year old girl, Ofelía (Felí), living in a small North Florida town. Felí navigates accepting herself in a predominantly rural white community right in the heat of America’s Protestant Bible-Belt.

Film Festivals:
CAAMFest (2021)
Chelsea Film Festival (2021)
Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (2021)
San Francisco Black Film Festival (2021)
International Black Film Festival (2021)
Detroit Black Film Festival (Winner of Best Student Film Award) (2021)
The RSF Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival (2021)
Montreal Independent Film Festival (2020)
Cine Asian Film Festival (2020)
Mountain View Film Festival (2020)



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Other Work:

POV AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY and THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA (NFB) (2021)
Role: Digital Production Coordinator

SOLEDAD OBRIEN PROD. and BET (2020-2021)
Disrupt & Dismantle | 6 Part Docu-Series | Watch on Paramount +
Role: Associate Producer

BMW #Ad (2020)
#GlobalParentsDay | Digital Ad | Watch on Twitter
Role: Director