Nick Deocampo

Nick Deocampo

Actor, Director, Writer


Nick Deocampo is an award-winning Filipino filmmaker and cultural historian. He is best known for his documentary films, which explore Filipino history, culture, and identity.

Deocampo was born in Manila in 1954. He began his film career as an editor and director in the 1970s and 1980s, focusing on documentaries about Filipino culture and history. His early work includes the short films “Ang Aking Lungsod” (My City) and “Bakas ng Kalayaan” (Traces of Freedom). In the early 1990s, he directed the feature film “Bayan Ko: Kapit sa Patalim” (My Country: Clinging to a Blade), which was critically acclaimed for its exploration of the struggle for Filipino freedom.

Deocampo’s most recent films include “Aparisyon” (Appearance), which won the Best Feature Documentary award at the 2010 Gawad Urian Awards; and “Mga Anino ng Kahapon” (Shadows of Yesterday), which focuses on the Filipino-American experience. He has also directed several other documentaries, including “Kasaysayan ng Pelikulang Pilipino” (History of Filipino Cinema), “Kababayan” (Countrymen), and “Buhay ng mga Bayani” (Life of Heroes).

Deocampo has also written several books, including “Ang Pelikulang Pilipino: Pagsusuri at Kritisismo” (Filipino Cinema: Analysis and Criticism) and “Kulturang Popular at Sining ng Filipinas” (Popular Culture and Arts in the Philippines). He is a professor of Creative Writing and Film Studies at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Deocampo has won numerous awards for his work, including the Gawad CCP Award for Artistic Excellence in Film and Video in 1996, and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film and Video in 2010. He is also an honorary member of the Directors Guild of the Philippines.

Deocampo’s film work has helped to bring attention to Filipino culture and identity, and to inspire a new generation of Filipino filmmakers. His work has been praised for its insight into the Filipino experience, and its commitment to exploring the complex issues of Filipino history and identity.

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