“Kay traces her roots back to Guam where she was born and the Philippines where her family is from.”
Kay Cuajunco is an activist, educator, and filmmaker based in Oakland, CA. She is passionate about digital storytelling that amplifies the voices of communities on the frontline of struggles for environmental justice. Her work focuses on the intersections of food justice and climate justice as well as migrant and workers rights.
Kay traces her roots back to Guam where she was born and the Philippines where her family is from. It is the recognition that islands are the first and worst impacted by climate change that drives her dedication to fighting for healthy and resilient solutions that allow even the most vulnerable communities to truly thrive. As a granddaughter of Filipino farmers, she is deeply committed to reclaiming her connection to land, preserving cultural legacies, and honoring all life.
After teaching herself to produce short campaign videos for various community organizations, Kay sharpened her filmmaking skills at the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project in 2012. Her film “Roots of Struggle” which examines the intimate violence of the military-industrial-complex on queer youth has screened at the Eastside Arts Alliance and Allied Media Conference, and went on to win best short at the 2013 Oakland LGBTQ Pride Film Festival.
Most recently she completed “Bibingka” a short experimental documentary that explores how recipes tell stories of migration and cultural survival which is currently featured in exhibitions by the Center for Art and Thought and SOMArts Cultural Center.
Kay has also produced videos for Bay Localize, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Local Clean Energy Alliance, Rooted in Community, Live Real, Student/Farmworker Alliance, and Ruckus Society.