A remarkable journey, captured by Canadian filmmaker Elisa Paloschi, on Selvi’s escape from her troubled past, to her success in retransforming her life, becoming Karnataka’s first female taxi driver. Almost a decade ago, Selvi was forced to marry at the age of 14, and found herself in a violent and abusive marriage. In deep despair, she chose to escape, with the intention of throwing herself under the wheels of a bus on the highway. Instead she got on the bus, choosing to live… and went on to become Karnataka’s first female taxi driver.
Canadian documentarian Elisa Paloschi follows Selvi as she navigates through the harsh realities that millions of women and girls in India face, breaking down the stereotypes too-often associated with those facing desperate circumstances. In a society where women are often considered expendable or worthless, Selvi refuses to accept this estimation for herself, moving beyond the pain she’s experienced to create an entirely new life. Through Selvi’s eyes, the audience is taken on an intimate journey of healing, overcoming obstacles, and fulfilling dreams. And throughout this journey, her unwavering spirit shines through.
Wildly charming (without even realizing it), remarkably strong, and utterly courageous, Selvi shares important, hard-won secrets about happiness and life. Her refusal to surrender offers hope and the clear message that real change is possible. – KE
Elisa Paloschi (in attendance)
Selvi (in attendance)
Elisa Paloschi is a documentary filmmaker, producer and cinematographer. She is the President of Eyesfull, a Toronto-based, independent production company, dedicated to making non-fiction films with social relevance that reflect the diversity of the human voice. With more than 25 years experience, Elisa’s work has taken her around the globe, from Palermo Roma camps to deep under the Coral Sea of Australia. Her feature documentary Embracing Voices (2012) explores depression and the creative process as seen through the eyes of Canadian Jazz luminary Jane Bunnett. Elisa is working on an ambitious audience engagement and impact campaign in India for the film and developing an interactive documentary story site as a companion piece to Driving with Selvi.
Edmonton International Film Festival 2015
Raindance UK 2015