Lav Diaz, (Datu Paglas, 1958), is a Filipino film director, screenwriter, film producer, cinematographer, editor and actor. He is often known as one of the key members of the slow cinema movement and has made some of the longest narrative films ever made. Diaz is one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary Filipino filmmakers. His films often deal with issues concerning the current social and political state of the Philippines. Diaz’s films have received acclaim and numerous awards. From What Is Before (2014) won the Golden Leopard at the 2014 Locarno International Film Festival; A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery (2016) competed for the Golden Bear at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival and won the Alfred Bauer Prize (Silver Bear); and The Woman Who Left (2016) participated in the 73rd Venice International Film Festival and won the Golden Lion. In 2018, he received the FAMAS Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the recipient of the 2021 Natatanging Gawad Urian (Gawad Urian Lifetime Achievement Award).