Eli Hiller is a Filipino American documentary filmmaker and photographer who has covered refugee crises, housing disparities, social movements, and environmental justice in North America, Central America, and Southeast Asia. After graduating from Ohio University in 2016 with a double major in geography and photojournalism, Hiller moved to the Philippines for three years. While there, he engaged with artists across mediums for collaborative projects. Hiller’s journalism and filmmaking earned him a DMZ Documentary Development Grant (2019) and the Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant from the Pulitzer Center (2020). He lives in Columbus, Ohio, covering local movements, and is in pre-production for “Halfie,” a documentary unpacking his journey of finding his siblings.
Eyewitness: Who Tells the Stories of Our Time? showcases the work of Eli Hiller, Sarahbeth Maney, and Joana Toro—recipients of the 2020 Eyewitness Photojournalism Grant, whose works center underreported stories across the United States.Learn More