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Once again, Docs In Progress is joining with AFI Docs 2020 as a community partner. There are 59 films not to be missed. From

  • 11 countries featuring
  • 11 virtual world premieres with
  • 61% women directors

Two directors, Ramona S. Diaz and Yi Chen are part of the Docs family.  Congrats Ramona and Yi!


Image still of A Thousand Cuts, a film by Ramona S. Diaz, Docs Fiscal Sponsoree and Inspiration Award Honoree, featured at AFI Docs 2020 Film Festival

A Thousand Cuts


Image of Ramona Diaz, documentary filmmaker and Docs in Progress fiscal sponsoree and Inspiration Award honoreeJust announced yesterday, A Thousand Cuts will air on PBS’s Frontline in November following its theatrical release. 

Following Fillipino journalist Maria Ressa and her outlet Rappler as they set out on a journey to advocate for freedom of the press against the Phillipines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, Ramona portrays the key players from two sides of an increasingly dangerous war between press and government. Set against the backdrop of the country’s 2019 midterm elections, this stirring documentary shows what happens when a strongman president threatens democratic norms. But Ressa and her team at Rappler are not backing down.

A recorded discussion with Ramona follows the film. 


Still image of First Vote, a film by Yi Chen, Docs Fellowship Alum and Teaching Artist featured at AFI Docs 202 Film Festival

First Vote


Image of Yi Chen, documentary filmmaker and alum of Docs In Progress' Fellowship Program and former teaching artistWhile Asian American voters are the fastest growing ethnic collective in the United States, they are also among the least represented as elected officials, their voices rarely heard in major policy debate. Yi explores themes of immigration, voting rights and racial justice, she engages in honest and revealing conversations with four Asian American voters throughout our country’s most coveted districts in Ohio and North Carolina. Following their political participation from 2016 to 2018, First Vote crafts an insightful look at Asian Americans’ experience at the polls. 

A recorded discussion with Yi and several featured subjects follows the film. 


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