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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.
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