Mahen Bala

Mahen Bala

Young, bold, ambitious and innovative, the indomitable spirit of youths is at the very heart of a progressive society. We rely on them for fresh ideas, ground breaking initiatives and foresight to chart the course of the nation. Today, more than ever before, there is an urgent need for the youths of our generation to stand up and make their voices heard, and also for the rest of us to pay attention to our leaders of tomorrow.


Mahen Bala is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Kuala Lumpur. With a passion for history, his works focus on documenting the often forgotten parts of our culture and heritage, an essential part in the journey of rediscovering the Malaysian identity. He most recently documented the old cinemas of Kuala Lumpur and the life of a retiring film projectionist. He enjoys travelling around the country and volunteers with local NGOs on local and international missions.

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Maybank Foundation
Perdana Leadership Foundation

Media Partners

New Straits Times
Berita Harian

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