Driving with Selvi

Directed by: Elisa Paloschi
74 minutes
world-premiere
Screenings
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 2
Mon 28th Sep 19:00
Premiere Screening

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VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 3
Wed 30th Sep 16:50
2nd Screening

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Forced into marriage as a child to an abusive husband, Selvi escapes and becomes one of the first female taxi drivers in South India. Over ten years, Canadian filmmaker Elisa Paloschi follows her as she pursues her dreams - starting a taxi company, working for a medical outreach programme, getting her licence to drive a bus, getting re-married and becoming a mother. She is still determined to keep her job while she provides for her family. For her, driving is not just a profession, but a means of empowerment. Through Selvi, Paloschi presents the harsh reality that face Indian women in an unflinching and honest way. ‘Driving with Selvi’ explores the dichotomy between a traditional, patriarchal Indian society and the encroachment of the modern world. She laughs when she describes how her husband-to-be presents her with two saris: “I drive, I wear pants”. Selvi refuses to be victim and is determined that her daughter shall be her legacy and not go through the torment that she endured. This is a documentary that will no doubt spark a dialogue about child marriage and female agency; Selvi herself is a driving force and, in Paloschi’s own words, a “survivor that will inspire others.”
Runtime
74 min
Director(s)
Elisa Paloschi
Producer(s)
Elisa Paloschi
DoP(s)
Elisa Paloschi
Elisa Paloschi
Screening Status
World Premiere
Writer(s)
Elisa Paloschi