Shirin Bhandari is a freelance writer, photographer and documentary filmmaker who splits her time between India and Manila, Philippines. She graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in Fine Arts. Her work has been featured in award-winning publications like Roads and Kingdoms, Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, Slate, CNN, Time Out and VICE. Shirin is a Logan Nonfiction Fellow from the Carey Institute for Global Good.
She has also produced short documentaries for UNICEF, European Humanitarian Aid, Action Against Hunger, Plan International, CARE, and Save the Children. Her stories have touched on important topics on conflict, disaster response, displacement, malnutrition, HIV, and LGBT issues.
Her current full length film, ‘People of the Lake’, is a finalist of the IF/Then development lab of the Tribeca Film Institute NYC. It completed a workshop with Asia Doc and a Residency with the Logan Nonfiction program last 2021. It won a production grant from the Film Development Council and is set to be completed by the end of 2022.
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