Carlo Ontal

Moving Image, 2015

In an earlier life in the Philippines under martial law, Carlo Ontal became acquainted with authoritarian systems of governance and propaganda masquerading as communication; consequently, his sole logical response was to flee into an art practice in film and improvisational theater. Upon rejoining his family in the United States, the artist worked in independent film production and freelance photography in New York, Los Angeles and Minneapolis. An unrepentant evangelist for the core ideas of the United Nations, he has worked at UN Headquarters in New York, and over the last 15 years, as a filmmaker, editor and video producer, stationed full-time in the three largest peacekeeping operations in Sierra Leone, Liberia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.