For twelve years he worked as a staff photographer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, covering the daily news beat in metro Manila. He recently shifted into working independently to focus on documenting the government’s “war on drugs,” which he has covered since the beginning of the Duterte presidency. Lerma shot the photo that went viral and came to be known as “The Pieta,” and he was featured in the 2017 New York Times documentary When a President Says, “I’ll Kill You.” Lerma joins us in person to present a slideshow of his recent work and discuss the situation on the ground.
Regular Admission: $10
Student, Senior, Teacher: $9
Available in advance at our Box Office or by phone: 415-978-2787.
Official sponsor: SOMA Pilipinas
Program partners: FACINE—Filipino Arts & Cinema, International, Filipino American Arts Exposition, and Kularts
New Filipino Cinema is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
YBCA programs in 17–18 are made possible in part by the James Irvine Foundation.
Additional funding for YBCA programs 17–18: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Lead Image: Courtesy of Vincent Go