Shannon Walsh is a filmmaker, researcher, educator and writer. Her documentaries engage vital social issues, such as the devastating effects of oil sands exploitation in Alberta (the multiple-award-winning H2Oil) and youth and AIDS in South Africa (Fire & Hope). In 2010 she worked with 16 filmmakers, directing St-Henri, the 26th of August – a collective project co-produced by the National Film Board of Canada. In addition to making films, Shannon has facilitated popular education courses using visual methodologies around the world, and been the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and prizes. She is currently a post doctoral research fellow as part of the Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg.