Shelley Saywell has been making documentaries for almost 30 years with Deborah Parks and the Bishari Films team. She was Hot Docs Festival Director in Focus in 2003, where she earned two Best Canadian Feature Awards. Her films have been official selections at festivals worldwide been broadcast in more than 30 countries, and where she made the short list (top 10 documentary features) at the Academy Awards, and received numerous awards including an Emmy for Investigative Journalism. Saywell has been personally honoured with the Gandhi Medal for Promoting the Culture of Peace and Women in Film and Television’s Creative Excellence Award and in 2013 was TVO’s Featured Director in Residence. Shelley Saywell is author of Women in War (Penguin Books), and contributing author to Ourselves Among Others (St. Martins Press).