Shirin Bhandari is a freelance writer 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, and VICE. She has also produced scripts for video shorts for UNICEF. Her stories have touched important topics on conflict, displacement, malnutrition, HIV, and LGBT issues. Her current film, People of the Lake, which is centered on the effects of war and displacement to indigenous peoples, is a finalist of the IF/Then development lab of the Tribeca Film Institute NYC. It is set to be completed in 2022.