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Born in 1958 at Datu Paglas, he is considered the ideological founder of the Newest Philippine Cinema. His extraordinary trilogy, Batang West Side (2002), Ebolusyon ng isang pamilyang pilipino (Evolution of a Filipino family, 2005) and Ikalawang aklat: ang alamat ng prinsesang bayawak (2006), is the archetype for cinema that refuses to compromise, rigorous and consistent. He studied cinematography at the Mowelfund Film Institute (Philippines). His works includeSerafin Geronimo: kriminal ng Baryo Concepcion (The Criminal of Barrio Concepcion, 1998), Burger Boys (1999), Hubad sa ilalim ng buwan (Naked under the Moon, 1999), Hesus rebolusyunaryo (Jesus the Revolutionary, 2002). Diaz, who lives between Manila and New York, with his sophisticated coherence of style and substance, has become an advocate of the Philippine people’s struggle for redemption. He has won many international awards, including Best Film at the Brussels and Singapore film festivals, and Best Film from the Gawad Urian critics’ awards for his debut film, Batang West Side (2002). Ebolusyon ng isang pamilyang pilipino (2005) won the Gawad Urian critics’ award, and Ikalawang aklat: ang alamat ng prinsesang bayawak (2006) the Special Jury Prize at the Fribourg Film Festival. He participated in the Venice Film Festival for the first time in 2007 with Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga engkanto (Death in the Land of Encantos), a documentary about the apocalyptic consequences of the Reming typhoon which hit the Philippines in 2006, winning the 2007 Orizzonti Special Mention. The following year, with Melancholia, he won the 2008 Orizzonti Award. In 2010 he was a member of the jury, and in 2011 he was back in competition in the Orizzonti section with Siglo ng pagluluwal (Century of Birthing). His latest film, Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan (Norte, The End of History, 2013), was screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival.
2007 – Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga engkanto (Death in the Land of Encantos) - Orizzonti Doc (screenplay, cinematography, director)
2008 – Melancholia – Orizzonti (screenplay, cinematography, music, director)
2011 - Siglo ng pagluluwal (Century of Birthing) – Orizzonti (screenplay, music, director)
2007 – Kagadanan sa banwaan ning mga engkanto (Death in the Land of Encantos) – Special Mention Orizzonti
2008 – Melancholia – Orizzonti Award
2010 – Orizzonti Jury