Set Hernandez Rongkilyo is an Impact Videos Producer for the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) through the Soros Justice Fellowship. In this capacity, 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, but to do this, directly-impacted people must embrace the agency and empowerment to tell their own stories authentically.
With roots from Bicol, Philippines, Set works at the intersection of community organizing and filmmaking. Since 2010, Set has been involved in organizing efforts around migrant justice issues such as education equity for undocumented students, administrative relief and deportation defense, driver’s licenses and healthcare access for undocumented Californians, and community building with undocumented youth and Filipino migrants in Los Angeles. 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 explore the criminalization of immigrant communities, as well as 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 in New York City. They are a 2018 Firelight Impact Producer Fellow, a 2017 Soros Justice Fellow, and a 2016 at land’s edge Fellow.
A published researcher, Set holds degrees in Linguistics, as well as Film and Television, from University of California, Los Angeles. Above all, they are the fruit of their parents' sacrifices, their siblings' resilience, and their community's support. In their spare time, Set can be found writing poetry, playing the piano, or watching films by/about communities of color.