Chen Yih Wen’s latest documentary, Eye on the Ball, is championing the story of the visually-impaired. Her film follows the remarkable journey of the Malaysian national blind football team who began in 2009 as a group of part-time footballers, only to become gold medalists at the 8th ASEAN Para Games in 2015 in Singapore. The film will be in cinemas nationwide from Thursday, 19th March 2020.
Chen Yih Wen, a truely talented Malaysian director
You may never knew about this but in 2010, Chen Yih Wen took home the much coveted BMW Shorties grand prize with her winning short film, Like Toy Dolls, a haunting story on abandoned infants and the act of baby dumping. She was also the first female to win the BMW Shorties grand prize.
BMW Group Malaysia to show support of local talents without discrimination
BMW Group Malaysia and the BMW Shorties pour in their support for Eye on the Ball, as well as the Pan-Disability Football Club – home of the football team her film is based on. A contribution of RM10,000 was presented to Sunny Shalesh, the football coach and founder of the Pan-Disability Football Club to further support and kickstart the club’s goal of establishing their own permanent training centre.
Eye on the Ball had its international premiere at the Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival in London, Manchester and Newcastle in September last year. The documentary also garnered international recognition, having been nominated for the Best Foreign Documentary at the Oslo Film Festival, amongst others.
Check out the trailer to Eye on the Ball HERE. For further information on the BMW Shorties, visit the official BMW Shorties website at www.bmwshorties.com.my or the official BMW Shorties Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bmwshorties and Instagram page at www.instagram.com/bmwshorties.