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Project of the Day: ‘Driving with Selvi’

Project of the Day: 'Driving with Selvi'

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Driving with Selvi 

Tweetable Logline: The inspiring story of a former child bride who becomes South India’s first female taxi driver.

Elevator Pitch: 
Driving with Selvi tells the story of a remarkable young woman who defies strict patriarchal traditions and escapes a child marriage to become South India’s first female taxi driver. We first meet 18-year-old Selvi at a girls’ shelter in 2004 – timid, soft-spoken, a fresh runaway from a violent past and the victim of a life set against her. Over the 10 years filmed, we see a remarkable transformation as Selvi finds her voice and refuses to surrender to societal expectations – learning to drive, starting her own taxi company and working on the front lines of reproductive health education.

Production Team:
Elisa Paloschi – Director / Producer / Cinematographer
Dave Kazala – Editor 
Ken Myhr – Composer

About the film: 
I was drawn to Selvi instantly, when we met in India in 2004. She was living in a shelter, having just run away from a violent child marriage. She was learning to drive and had a sparkle in her eye which held wisdom beyond her years, strength of character and courage that inspired me. So when she said, "There is no rule in India that women must keep suffering," I knew that she could inspire the world through film, and would move a million hearts, if a million hearts had the chance to meet her.

Current Fundraising: 
We are raising funds to complete post-production.

For more information and to support this project:
Indiegogo Page

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Annette Corellian

Such an amazing story!


I am looking forward to seeing Selvi on the roads.

Willem Borra

Go "Driving with Selvi"

Andrew Zicklin

Interesting story!


Drive on….!

Kevin Porter

This is a voice that needs to be heard.


Go for it Selvi

Annette Corellian

An important film for everyone. Very moving and inspiring.

Matthew Rosemier

This is a really important movie. I

Greta Kelly

Can’t wait to see the full film, it looks intriguing!


I like you Selvi …

Marco van Bergen

Selvi rocks!


So glad that this project, that seeks to reflect on the positive global change that women’s empowerment brings, is featured.

Shasha Nakhai

Thanks for featuring this project!!

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