Shannon Walsh is a filmmaker and an interdisciplinary scholar. She has written and directed five feature documentaries on topics ranging from labour rights to grief and climate change. Her work is known for emphasizing marginalized voices and stories on the front lines of vital contemporary issues. Walsh’s films have been theatrically released internationally and broadcast on networks such as ARTE, Al-Jazeera, CBC, and Netflix. Her work has been screened in festivals globally such as Hot Docs, CPH:DOX, IDFA, Doc NYC, as well as in museums such as the Pompidou Centre, in Paris. As a scholar, she has published works on inequality, social justice, and visual methods. She teaches film as an associate professor at the University of British Columbia and is a Research Associate at the South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg. Walsh is a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“Her work shows exceptional reach around some of the most urgent and pressing issues of our time, engaging the public in robust debate and bringing together artists, academics, practitioners, activists and community members. [...] Walsh explore[s] collaboration and collective learning as a formal method of creating work in front of, and behind, the camera.”
Nominator: Stephen Heatley, Professor and Department Head, Theatre and Film, University of British Columbia
“Her work shows exceptional reach around some of the most urgent and pressing issues of our time.”