Ligaiya Romero (they.them.theirs.siyá) is a documentary filmmaker and visual artist working with collective memory and the decolonial imagination.

Based in both Durham, NC and Brooklyn, NY, Ligaiya is currently working on a documentary film about Asian-American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) activism, called Not Your Model Minority!

Ligaiya is the Video Producer & Editor for The Argus Project, a transmedia documentary on police violence and citizen counter-surveillance. The project was a collaboration with CopWatch NYC, supported by Tribeca New Media Fund, and presented at Tribeca Film Festival in 2016.

Ligaiya is a fellow at Firelight Media's Documentary Story Lab and a member of the Queer Producers Collective. Most recently, they were a Visiting Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Media and Journalism, teaching documentary film and photography.



Events, Exhibitions, & Accolades


CAAM Social Change Fund /// Grantee, Not Your Model Minority!

Logan Nonfiction Program /// Fellow

Allied Media Conference /// Chrysalis Creative Team


Google VR + Tribeca Film Institute /// Director, Color Wheel VR

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship /// Mentee, Diversity in the Edit

Allied Media Conference /// Track Coordinator, Magic as Resistance

UNC-Chapel Hill /// Visiting Professor, School of Media & Journalism

International Center for Photography /// Lecturer, New Media Narratives



Tribeca Film Festival /// Editor, Water Warriors

Firelight Media /// Documentary Story Lab Fellow

Allied Media Projects /// Detroit Narrative Agency Mentor

Allied Media Conference /// Speaker, Building Tech to Hold Police Accountable

C/O Berlin /// Group Show, as to be inaudible

Southern Doc Fund /// Panel Speaker, Documenting Movements



Tribeca Film Festival /// Exhibition, The Argus Project

Asian Women's Giving Circle /// Grant Recipient

More Art /// Artist-in-Residence

International Center of Photography /// Hackathon Mentor

NPPA Northern Short Course /// Speaker



CAM Raleigh /// Exhibition, Big, Bent Ears