Film Synopsis

The Circle is an inspiring documentary about a centre in Dharavi where drug-addicted street children in Mumbai are helped to detox, develop and build themselves a positive future.

Following four children over two years, The Circle explores their harrowing stories of hardship, addiction and despair, where life is a cycle of scouring bins, selling rubbish and using drugs to numb their anguish.

Nurtured at a centre inspired by retired Roman Catholic priest and senior Iyengar teacher, Father Joe, this beautiful film shows a disparate group of boys learning to practise yoga while they discover a sense of self and inner strength that slowly overshadows their cravings and helps to heal their minds.

With children ranging from as young as seven, The Circle shows daily life on the streets and at the centre where, slowly, these children gain self-esteem while building friendships, community and hope. A powerful piece of film-making, it’s as disturbing as it is uplifting – as each generation in turn helps ever-younger children through the transcendent powers of kindness, patience and yoga.

The Circle Film Poster

Letter from Geeta S. Iyengar

Geeta Iyengar (7 December 1944 – 16 December 2018)
The eldest daughter of Yogacharya B. K. S. Iyengar.

A beloved, important and influential yoga teacher known worldwide. Her legacy continues to inspire and touch many people throughout the world particularly through her book ‘A Gem for Women’.


Father Joe and Philippa Frisby 
interview on ‘The Circle’

The Circle was screened in London in May 2018 at ICAAD a platform dedicated to expanding knowledge, exchanging ideas and advancing wellbeing in the mental health industry.

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Father Joe talk at the private screening in London

Father Joe talk at the private screening in London

The Circle was first shown in the UK at a private screening in the Lexi Cinema in London on May 9th 2017. This is a talk that Father Joe gave after the film.