NFTS graduation documentary, Circle directed by Directing Documentary MA student, Jayisha Patel has been selected for the prestigious Berlin Film International Festival Berlinale Shorts competition. The film will have its world premiere at the festival, which takes place between the 15th and 25th February 2018, and is the only UK film selected in the shorts programme.

The short films in this year’s competition are described as “looking reality in the eye and actively contributing to the current socio-political discourse.”

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

If you would like to follow in Jayisha’s footsteps, sign up for our upcoming Directing Documentary MA open day on the 25th April or apply by 3rd May to start in January 2019.