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Present-day India. Three men sit at the edge of a field smoking. A woman is crouched in the field working. Another is cleaning the floor in the house. Two young women are shucking peas. One of them tells her sister about her rape and who she blames. It’s her own grandmother’s fault. The fire blazes away out in the field. In dense situations and images, documentary filmmaker Jayisha Patel follows the women of this house on the village’s edge. She provides a glimpse into the cycle of violence, an insight that is directly connected to the women who experience sexual violence first hand. The daughter is to be married off, all of the details are already worked out. Will there be any escape from this cycle? The daughter speaks. She can name what happened to her. It could be a sort of beginning.
Maike Mia Höhne

Jayisha Patel

United Kingdom / Canada / India 2018


Documentary form
14 min · Colour

World premiere


Kushbu Devi
Chandna Devi
Shabha Devi


Written and directed by
Jayisha Patel
Director of Photography
Jayisha Patel, Amith Surendran
Mdhamiri A Nkemi
Sound Design
Anita Kushwaha, Adam Woodhams
Jayisha Patel
Jayisha Patel Films, London, Großbritannien
One Eyed Turtle Films, Mumbai, Indien
Hot Docs Documentary Festival - CrossCurrents Doc Fund, Toronto, Kanada
Associate Producer
Ruchi Bhimani, Harini Lakshminarayan


Jayisha Patel

Born in London, UK in 1987, she first studied economics at Nottingham University and then film at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV in Cuba and the National Film and TV School in the UK. Her short films have screened at renowned international festivals. In 2014 her film A Paradise was presented in Berlinale Shorts. Her work seeks to give a platform in particular to women of colour who are fighting stereotypes.

Filmography (short films)

2010 Gentle Men · Sand and Scars 2011 Love in Black and White 2012 Mellán 2013 Un Paraíso (A Paradise); Berlinale Shorts 2015 Power Girls 2016 India’s Wushu Warrior 2017 Notes to My Father · Circle

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018

Produced by

National Film and Television School
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
+44 750 7493822


Notes on Cinema #68: Zwischen Staff Pick, Filmmarkt & Archiv; Le Tigre de Tasmanie; Circle; Nuuca

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Berlinale Shorts II: Inside the circle or lightning from outer space

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