Jill Damatac is a writer and filmmaker born in the Philippines, raised in the US, and settled in the UK. As a double immigrant, her work is centered around themes of migration, identity and indigeneity. Her film and photography work has featured on the BBC, TIME magazine, and film festivals worldwide; her short documentary film “Blood and Ink (Duo at Tinta)”, about the indigenous Filipino tattooist Apo Whang Od, was an official selection at the Academy Award-qualifying DOC NYC, winning Best Documentary at Ireland’s Kerry Film Festival.
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. She lives in London with her husband and their very large, very stubborn shih tzu. She is currently writing her first book, an excerpt of which has been published by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop magazine Margins and also picked up by Longreads.