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Driving with Selvi

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English, Kannada


Driving with Selvi is a Canadian documentary film that focuses on South India's first female taxi driver, a young woman named Selvi who had previously escaped a child marriage. The film was directed by Elisa Paloschi, who also acted as producer for the project.

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  • Rutwij Nakhwa
    Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival


    Elisa Paloschi’s documentary presents to us a story of hope for millions of girls subject to child marriage in India through the life of Selvi, who almost committed suicide after she was forced into an abusive marriage at the age 14. Ten years in the making, Driving With Selvi shows us how she changed her circumstances and became South India’s first female taxi driver. Paloschi lets Selvi tell us her story in her own voice by asking only a few measured questions. As a result, we enter Selvi’s world, and slowly learn how her ever-present smile hides the scars of a haunting past.

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