Set Hernandez Rongkilyo is an undocumented immigrant filmmaker and community organizer whose roots come from Bicol, Philippines. Set produces videos and short documentaries that advance grassroots messaging for migrant justice campaigns. Their work is rooted in the belief that cultural strategies can propel political transformation, and to do this, directly-impacted people must embrace the empowerment to tell their own stories authentically.
Since 2010, Set has been involved in organizing efforts around migrant justice issues such as education equity for undocumented students, deportation defense, driver’s licenses, and healthcare access for undocumented Californians. Set’s short films have been televised, featured, and awarded in film festivals across the U.S. Set is currently working on film projects that explores the intersectional issues impacting undocumented immigrants, including the connection between immigrant rights and disability rights. Set is the Assistant Editor and Impact Producer for PJ Raval’s award-winning documentary, Call Her Ganda, which premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.
Set's 2019 short documentary, COVER/AGE, follows the campaign to expand healthcare access for undocumented elderly immigrants in California by centering the voices of immigrant health justice leaders. In addition to the 2018 Firelight Media Impact Producer Fellowship, Set is the recipient of the 2019 Working Docs in Action Film Fund, 2019 Annenberg Civic Media Fellowship, 2017 Soros Justice Fellowship, among others. Above all, Set is the fruit of their parents' sacrifices, their siblings' resilience, and their community's nurturing.