Sandra Pires is a graduate of the school of Media from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst and also holds a Science Degree and interest in Psychology. She set up Why Documentaries in 2000 and has steadily worked on producing documentaries, community media and digital audio visual media in partnerships with over thirty organisations.
In 2007 her pitch "Roof over our Heads" got her to the finals of the SPAA Holding Redlich Competition. She won a National Trust Heritage award for her documentary about the Australian Museum and recently completed a project as a research assistant with the Social Justice Research Centre, University of Western Sydney working with young teenagers in a refuge. Her interests include working on projects that increase positive mental health and on cross cultural projects.
Other main interests include history, cultural heritage, the environment and working with the elderly. Her new project on a working class history of wharf labour and international incident when the Port Kembla wharf workers decided to stop pig iron being loaded to Japan against the wishes of Bob Menzies Attorney General - "Pig Iron Bob" is in pre-production.