Elisa Paloschi / Canada / 2015 / 74 mins / English and Kannada with English subtitles / Documentary
“The film is like a love letter to humans who manage wonderful things… Driving With Selvi will offer hope and give you drive to be more like Selvi herself.” – One Room With a View.
Like so many girls living within India’s impoverished patriarchal culture, Selvi, a warm and kind-hearted young woman, found herself in an abusive forced marriage at the delicate age of 14. Severely beaten but not broken, Selvi decides to escape her torturous existence by running away and starting a brand new life, eventually becoming South India’s first female taxi driver. Lovingly shot by Elisa Paloschi over a 10 year period, we see Selvi’s astonishing transformation from a fresh runaway at a girl’s shelter, to learning to drive, starting her own business and becoming an educational leader in her community. Driving with Selvi is an empowering human story with a brave and remarkable hero at its centre.
This film has been exempt from classification and is restricted to people over 15 years. People under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
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AWARDS & APPEARANCES
Winner: Truth to Power Documentary Award – Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2015
Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2016
Movies That Matter 2016
with Driving with Selvi Director/Producer Elisa Paloschi