Yiru Chen (陳伊如)
Film director, poet, teacher of the Deaf.
Born in Shanghai, China.
Lives & works in New York,NY
In 2019, Yiru graduated from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she majored in Film and Television production. In addition to her major, she pursued two minors in Psychology and American Sign Language. Yiru furthered her education by obtaining a Master of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University, specializing in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education Program. Her dedication to the Deaf community is evident in her role as a current classroom teacher at St. Francis De Sales School for the Deaf in Brooklyn. She is an active member of both the Shanghai and New York signing communities, where she advocates passionately for sign language education and accessible, inclusive arts.
Yiru's experiences both in front of and behind the camera have shaped a unique personal aesthetic that characterizes her work. Poetic and thought-provoking, her creative projects delve into the exploration of identities and universal human emotions. Yiru's thesis short film "Handscape" has been selected for more than 20 international film festivals and won the Grand Jury Prize at Shanghai Queer International Film Festival. She has interned at HERE Arts Center as a programming assistant for the artistic director. She has also worked for the documentary director Stephanie Black as her personal assistant. Her first feature-length documentary film "No Rule Is Our Rule", edited and directed along with performance artists and filmmakers Eiko Otake and Wen Hui has won Best Feature Documentary at the Japan International Film Festival and will have its NYC premier at Asia Society in December 2023.