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DRIVING WITH SELVI: Director Q&A

Friday 7th October, 2016

"This is a tragic and poignant yet also energetic and inspirational portrait of an extremely tough Indian woman." – IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam)

★★★★★
"Beautifully simple and simply beautiful..." - Tom Huddleston, Time Out

South India’s first female taxi driver.

Selvi, like so many girls living in India, is forced to marry at 14, only to find herself in a violent marriage. One day, in deep despair, she chooses to escape. Over a ten-year journey, we see a remarkable transformation as Selvi finds her voice and defies all expectations – learning to drive, starting her own taxi company, leading educational seminars, and much more.

This character-driven story highlights the challenges that millions of devalued women and girls in India face. In a society where women are often considered expendable or worthless, Selvi is exceptional – a charming, strong, and utterly courageous young woman who moves beyond the pain she’s experienced to create a new life.  

Watch our Q&A with director Elisa Paloschi and Lily Caprani, Executive Director of Communications, Advocacy and Programmes for UNICEF-UK, hosted by Carol Nahra.

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Trailer

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