by Guerrilla Davis, Adonis Emory, and Sammay Dizon

3 min, United States, English

A young brown girl awakens to reclaim her ancestral inheritance from Maharlika. A descendant of balyana (priestesses) – believed to have been fed to the crocodiles by Spanish colonizers who feared their unmatched prowess – she re-emerges from the shadows to lead her people into the reckoning for collective liberation.

Adonis Emory and Guerrilla Davis are co- founders of We Are The Ones We’ve Been Waiting For (WATO), a collective of underground community-based artists working to liberate the creative spirits of The People. WATO works to liberate the creative spirits of The People and explore the impacts of genuine self-expression rooted in authenticity, love, and liberation. They co-create to build people power and promote cultural equity – reclaiming and radicalizing resources lost to poverty, racism, and social marginalization. Since the formation of WATO in December 2018, they have organized and hosted over 20 events – booking and collaborating extensively with over 100 QTBIPOC artists on a local and international level. As of August 2020, they have raised over $30,000 in emergency funds for community in need, provided creative support services to over 30 queer and trans creatives of color, and have been published in 16 popular publications with a nationwide audience including Afropunk, East Bay Express, KQED, HIV Plus Magazine, Advocate Magazine, and affinity for color and quirky subtlety. In addition to filmmaker Griffin has a passion for skateboarding and designing clothing. Griffin is a sophomore majoring in film at Vassar College.

Sammay Dizon (she/they/siya) is a queer Filipinx American interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, filmmaker, and cultural producer of Bikol, Kapampangan, and Ilokano descent raised in Carson, CA/Tongva Territory and settled in San Francisco, CA/Ramaytush Ohlone Territory. Since 2015, Dizon has created work and performed professionally throughout the Bay Area – touring nationally and internationally through her artistic practice and community facilitation. Founder of SAMMAY (Spiritually Awakened Matriarchal Magick Alchemizing You) Productions, she invokes ancestral healing and ritual within the intersections of dance theatre, performance art, spoken word, music, and film. Dizon has been featured through Bindlestiff Studio, Dance Mission Theater, and Eastside Arts Alliance among others. In 2015, she founded annual intercultural multidisciplinary arts festival Urban x Indigenous (UxI) to collectively realize the potentialities within and through our indigenous traditions and urban contemporary landscapes. Dizon continues to expand UxI’s endeavors within the global indigenous community through critical dialogue, workshops, and public art presentations centered in intercultural and intergenerational exchanges through an intersectional framework.

Dizon has been a guest artist through Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, UC Davis Department of Theatre and Dance, USF Performing Arts and Social Justice Department, UCSB Multicultural Center, and UH Maui as the East Meets West Festival 2018 Featured Choreographer. Dizon was the first ever Featured Festival Artist for the annual United States of Asian America Festival presented by Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center in 2018 and has been awarded fellowships and residencies from CounterPulse, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and American Conservatory Theater among others. Dizon holds a B.A. in Media Studies and Sociology and minors in Dance & Performance Studies and Global Poverty & Practice from UC Berkeley. Presently, she is a Core Member of acclaimed street dance theatre company Embodiment Project and Chair of Dance for Balay Kreative, a future Filipinx American cultural arts center in San Francisco.


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