Chen Yih Wen
2010 Grand Prize Winner
When she joined the competition in 2010, Yih Wen was a freelance video editor. Yih Wen is a Malaysian documentary filmmaker and journalist. In the last decade, she has edited, filmed, wrote, produced and directed documentaries for History Channel, Crime & Investigation Network and CNA. Her documentary on female circumcision, The Hidden Cut, won the 2019 SOPA Awards for Excellence in Reporting Women Issues. Yih Wen is an alumna of IDFAcademy and American Film Showcase. She is also a Pulitzer Center grant recipient. In 2019, her debut feature documentary Eye on the Ball, about Malaysia’s blind football team premiered in London. Currently, she’s working on her second documentary about marginalised communities in Malaysia, Shh…Diam. The project is supported by Hot Docs CrossCurrents Fund.