L Y K A G O N Z A L E Z (b. 1993) is a Filipino documentary filmmaker, photographer, and visual journalist.
For her undergraduate research, she rendered the experience of Filipino urban migrants into a Cannes-accredited short film Agos: the Manila Dream (2015). The film fulfills its purpose by opening a dialogue on migration and urbanization with the global audience. Following its premiere at 68th Festival de Cannes - Court Métrage, Agos participated at the Philippine World Premieres Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Victoria Film Festival, and Australian Immigration Short Film Festival. The film received Best Cinematography and Best Musical Score at the España Cine Abierto; and Best Picture at the Loyola Film Festival.
Hope has been a driving force in her work, and she brings this to light through stories. In 2017, she delivered a TEDx talk entitled Understanding Humanity Through the Lens. A year after, she served the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the Philippines. Additionally, she was selected as one of the panelists to represent Film and the Arts at the #SheForShe gender equality forum by the Embassy of France in the Philippines. With a commitment to inspire hope and raise awareness on relevant causes, Lyka also lent her voice to the #RespetoNaman campaign, a nationwide initiative by the Office of the Vice President Leni Robredo, the Embassy of Sweden in Manila, UN Women Safe Cities Programme, SPARK! Philippines, and NGO Empower against gender-based violence.
Lyka holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication from the Ateneo de Manila University and was honored the Loyola Schools Awards for the Arts in Visual Arts: Photography. She completed her postgraduate diploma in Visual Journalism at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism.
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