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Cha Roque

Communications Director, Dakila Collective for Modern Heroism, Philippines

Cha Roque is a literary writer, filmmaker, and LGBT advocate from the Philippines. She is the communications director of DAKILA, an artist collective in the Philippines that believes in the power of art to incite social change. She is also a board member of the Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival. Cha co-founded CLP Videos, for which she has directed, written, and produced numerous videos for corporate, government, and non-government clients. She used to teach video and scriptwriting classes at De La Salle College of St. Benilde and Asia Pacific College, both in the Philippines. Her first LGBT themed film, "Itim na Tatsulok," received seven nominations including Best Screenplay and Best Direction and won Best Editing. She was a grantee of BChange Organization for the Stories of Being Me documentary series. Her experimental poetry video, "Dead Rays," was part of Pauses and Pulses Video Art Exchange 2015 at the Marrakech Biennial in Morocco. Her latest films, "Slay (documentary)," and "What I Would've Told My Daughter if I Knew What to Say Back Then (experimental documentary)" were part of the official selection of Hanoi International Queer Film Week, and Dyke Drama (Australia's only lesbian film festival) respectively. She is currently working on her next film "White TransLady." She is a Fellow of Session 570, Salzburg Global LGBT Forum: The Many Faces of LGBT Inclusion.

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