Recent NFTS Directing Documentary MA graduate, Jayisha Patel has won the prestigious David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award at this year’s International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards for her graduation documentary, Circle. The IDA Student Documentary Award recognises exceptional achievement in non-fiction film and video production at university level and brings greater public and industry awareness to the work of students in the documentary field.

Still from Circle

Circle is a haunting portrait of a rape survivor, caught in the devious ploys of her family. Through the poignant and personal story of 13-year-old Khushboo, Circle explores the horrors of her gang-rape, emotional abuse at the hands of her grandmother, who orchestrated her rape, and her child marriage to a man she doesn’t know. Where does the circle begin? And can there be any release?

The Team: Jayisha Patel, Director/Producer/Camera; Garry David Frost, Athena Sammy, Celia Moreno Madrigal, Production Managers; Mdhamiri A Nkemi, Editor, Adam Woodhams, Sound Editor & Dubbing Mixer; Laura Jane Dart, Colourist & Online Editor

The 34th IDA Documentary Awards, hosted by Ricki Lake, took place on Saturday 8th December at Los Angeles' Paramount Studios.

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