Shannon Walsh is a filmmaker, interdisciplinary theorist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film at the University of British Columbia. Her feature documentary, Jeppe on a Friday (2013), screened at the 56th Venice Biennale, the Pompidou Centre in Paris, and film festivals around the world. Her award-winning first feature documentary, H2Oil, was recognized as one of the top ten independent documentaries of 2009. She followed with St-Henri, the 26th of August (2011) co-produced with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Her films have played in over 50 film festivals and museums, on television and in cinemas, and have been supported by Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC), Canada Council for the Arts, among others. As a theorist, Walsh publishes in areas such as cities, social movements, pedagogy, sexuality, critical race theory, ethnography and visual and participatory methodologies, largely focused on South Africa. Professor Walsh has won numerous fellowships and awards, and her research has been supported by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), the Fonds Quebecois de la recherche sur la societe et la culture (FQRSC), the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), amongst others. Walsh received a PhD in anthropology and education from McGill University in 2010, and completed a post-doc in the South African Research Chair in Social Change at the University of Johannesburg in 2013. From 2013-2016 she was an Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.
Her edited volume, The Ties that Bind: Race and the Politics of Friendship in South Africa, co-edited with Jon Soske, was released in December 2016.
Walsh is working on two new documentaries and a fiction feature.