Chen Sing Yap
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A psychotherapist struggling with climate anxiety explores what it means to live in a dying world.
Director Biography – Chen Sing Yap
Chen Sing Yap grew up in Singapore, where he worked as a picture editor in factual television for 4 years. He gravitated toward long-form documentaries that covered topics such as dementia, poverty, and conservation. In 2019 he moved to Oakville, Canada where he began directing short films. Currently, he is in his final year of Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Film and Television degree program. In recent years Chen Sing’s attention has turned sharply towards the issue of social, economic, and ecosystem collapse, and how these larger issues affect the lives of everyday people. In 2020, his short film “Shift”, about the mental health toll of COVID-19 on a nurse, won First Prize at the International Students Creative Award in Osaka, Japan. He has also experimented with stop-motion animation in “Feeling the Apocalypse”, a short documentary about managing climate anxiety. Chen Sing’s current goal is to create work that helps people put words to the terrible existential dread we often feel but rarely address.