Jill Damatac

Jill Damatac is a writer and filmmaker born in the Philippines, raised in the US, and settled in the UK. Of Ifugao, Bontoc, and Benguet heritage, Jill’s work is centered around her rediscovery of her own identity and indigeneity after two decades of self-erasure as an undocumented immigrant. Her photography and film work has featured on the BBC, TIME magazine, and film festivals worldwide; her short film “Blood and Ink (Dugo at Tinta)”, about the indigenous Filipino tattooist Apo Whang Od, explores the relationship between indigeneity and diaspora and was an official selection at DOC NYC. Jill holds an MA in Documentary Film from the University of the Arts London and is a candidate for an MSt in Creative Writing at Cambridge University.